Bobcats' Brown fined $60,000 for tiff with ref

BY foxsports • October 15, 2009

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was also fined $25,000 for criticism after a game on Monday, as the league attempts to protect its inexperienced officials while it locks out its regular referees in a labor dispute.

Official Kevin Scott, who has worked in college and pro-am leagues, whistled Brown for two technical fouls at different times in Monday's game in Atlanta. After the second technical, with 3:23 left in the third quarter, Brown lingered on the court instead of heading to the locker room. Scott called for security, but Brown then left on his own.

The NBA fined Brown $35,000 for verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner. He was fined another $25,000 for publicly criticizing the referees.

Brown has made general complaints about the increase in the number of fouls in preseason games, which average about 7 more per game than last year's preseason.

There were 61 fouls and five technical fouls called. The Bobcats played a game against New Orleans last week that included 77 fouls and 95 free throws.

Hollins was upset after Monday's game against Orlando, saying the Grizzlies didn't get a fair share of the calls against Magic big man Dwight Howard.

The NBA is using officials from the NBA Development League, WNBA and college ranks after the league's regular referees rejected a contract proposal two weeks ago.

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