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Lakers news: Luke Walton fined $15,000 for criticizing officials

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Walton’s rant following Monday’s loss to the Spurs has resulted in a fine levied by the NBA.

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Following Monday’s overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was vehement about the inconsistencies he felt the officials were calling fouls on contact on drives to the basket. 

It didn’t take long for the NBA to hand out a $15,000 fine for Walton for his public criticism of the referees, according to ESPN.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was fined $15,000 on Wednesday for publicly criticizing the officiating following Monday’s 143-142 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Walton’s comments came after the game where he began his postgame presser with pointing out that the technical foul called on was what he believed was uneven calls in the lack of fouls in terms of contact that LeBron James received in comparison to Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Chris Paul

“Let me start here, I wasn’t going to say anything. I was going to save my money, but I just can’t anymore,” Walton said. “It’s 70 something in the paint to 50 something and again they outshoot us from the free throw line. Watch the play where I got technical. Watch what happens to LeBron James’ arm. It’s the same thing that James Harden and Chris Paul shot free throws the night before.

“But if we are going to play a certain way, let’s not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession. They’re just flopping just to see if they get a foul call. And then not reward players that are physically going to the basket and getting hit. It’s not right.”

In Monday’s contest against the Spurs, the Lakers held a 74-50 in the paint but were outshot on the free throw line 38 to 26. It was something that was notably different as the amount of class were disproportionate even more so with Los Angeles having more activity in the paint throughout the contest. 

Beyond that, there has been a growing dialogue over the last few years concerning the number of fouls Harden gets called for him. It is something that Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had previously brought up during last season’s playoffs. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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