Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was letting the officials know what he thought of their job performance.
Unfortunately, they didn’t see the humor in it.
After being called for a charge with 2:45 left in Wednesday’s loss to the Washington Wizards, Sanders turned to each member of the officiating crew — Bennie Adams, Kevin Cutler and Bennett Salvatore — and gave them a thumbs-up with a big smile on his face.
Salvatore, the veteran member of the crew, immediately reacted and ejected Sanders, who again mocked the refs by making an exaggerated “T” with his hands on his way off the floor.
It was the third ejection of the season for the Bucks center and NBA’s leading shot blocker. Sanders, who has worked to better control his emotions this season, was tossed Nov. 21 in Miami and again Jan. 19 in Portland.
Bucks coach Jim Boylan has made an effort to help Sanders use his passion to his benefit, but emotions boiled over Wednesday in a frustrating 106-93 defeat.