Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr received a $25,000 fine by the NBA on Thursday after being ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The NBA announced Kerr received the fine for “verbally abusing and confronting a game official.”
The incident occurred with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 129-107 loss to the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland. Kerr was assessed two technical fouls and ejected.
Warriors forward Draymond Green had a hard foul on Portland big man Zach Collins on the defensive end. Officials reviewed the play and assessed Green with a flagrant foul type 1. Kerr disagreed with the call and began yelling at the refs.
Kerr slammed his clipboard on the court and officials immediately threw Kerr out of the game. The Warriors’ head coach continued to yell at the refs and had to be restrained by forward Kevin Durant.
“I was just shocked that was called a flagrant foul,” Kerr told reporters. “I’m not sure how it was determined. I don’t know if it’s determined in New York or if it’s the officials on the floor. That was head scratching that could be called a flagrant foul. The guy is going in for a dunk, you have to make sure he doesn’t dunk it. I told Kenny that I beg to differ.”
The Warriors host the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 21 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
EARLIER: NBA: Steve Kerr ejected from Golden State Warriors game after tirade
The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the Western Conference and the third-best record in the NBA heading into the All-Star break.
But that didn’t stop their head coach, Steve Kerr, from relaxing in the final moments of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Because the coach went absolutely crazy on a ref with just over three minutes left in what was then a seven-point game after Draymond Green was called for a very questionable flagrant foul.
Kerr held nothing back, first with an incredible spike of his clipboard and then with a number of bad words directed at the official.
Here’s the call that led to it:
Steve Kerr didn’t like the flagrant foul call on Draymond Green, and now his vacation starts early pic.twitter.com/zxCDhtkawy
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 14, 2019
“I was just shocked it was called a flagrant foul… That was head-scratching. I told (the ref) that I ‘beg to differ,’ ” Kerr told reporters after the game.
“I just thought it was a good, hard foul. I guess I was wrong,” Kerr added.
The Portland Trail Blazers ended up with many free throws out of the deal and went on to beat the Warriors 129-107.
Image: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant holds back head coach Steve Kerr