NEW YORK (AP) _ Sacramento Kings coach Eddie Jordan was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Friday for screaming at the officials following his team’s loss to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.
Seconds after the Kings’ 102-99 loss, Jordan berated referee Leroy Richardson at midcourt, repeatedly pointing a finger in the official’s face.
Richardson had made a questionable foul call against Corliss Williamson after the Kings forward grabbed an offensive rebound with 24 seconds to play and Sacramento trailing by a point.
Jordan walked on the court after that play and was given a technical foul.
Rod Thorn, the NBA’s senior vice president for basketball operations, fined Jordan for ``verbally abusing the referees and failing to leave the court in a timely fashion.″
The loss was the fifth in a row for Sacramento.
``I was sticking up for my team,″ Jordan said after the game. ``Call it T.I., temporary insanity. I don’t know exactly what I was doing. I was just trying to stand up for my team.″