Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his negative postgame remarks about the officiating in Game 3 of the team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat.
“I see how things are going, I watch very closely,” Thibodeau said after Game 3. “We’re not going to get calls, that’s reality.” Thibodeau refused to talk about the incident at shootaround on Monday morning. “I got no comment on that. We’re just getting ready for Game 4,” Thibodeau said.
Chicago’s fiery coach couldn’t hide the fact that he was angry about the calls that have been going against the Bulls, though. After Nazr Mohammed was ejected for pushing Heat star LeBron James to the floor, Thibodeau fired back that James might have been acting.
“From my angle, I saw a guy basically flop,” Thibodeau said of James. “I don’t think it warranted an ejection. I understand a flagrant foul, I understand that, but ejection, no, nope.”
On Sunday, James responded to the flop allegations.
“It’s kind of the same as when people said I was overrated, I have the same response,” James said. “I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game but I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys. I don’t need to flop. I don’t even know how to do it. So it doesn’t mean much to me.”