The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson $25,000 following his ejection in Friday’s 114-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
NBA government vp Kiki VanDeWeghe introduced the tremendous on Saturday. A league assertion mentioned Atkinson was fined for “verbally abusing recreation officers and failing to depart the court docket in a well timed method.”
Atkinson was ejected with 1:09 left within the recreation after Brooklyn, trailing by 5, didn’t obtain a foul name on one finish of the ground, and the Nets’ Rodions Kurucs fouled Darren Collison on a quick break on the opposite finish.
Atkinson left the bench space to confront referee Tony Brothers and was instantly ejected.
“We have simply received to be mentally stronger, and I’ve received to be mentally stronger, preventing by way of these conditions,” Atkinson mentioned of his ejection. “Simply frustration on my half. I’ve to coach myself. I do not love that scene on the market. That is not what I am there for. I am not right here to make a present. So I apologize for that. That is not who I’m. However it occurs on this league typically with the emotion and depth of the sport.”
Nets ahead Jared Dudley mentioned he did not have an issue with Atkinson’s ejection.
“I feel it was justified. You need your coach standing up in your gamers,” Dudley mentioned. “If he is on the market screaming, you realize there is a motive why. You need your coach to have your again, and he took these two techs. Now you realize you might have somebody in your nook preventing for you.”