Wizards' Jordan fined $25,000 during Cavs series
WASHINGTON -- It turns out that Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was indeed fined for griping about the officiating during the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The team confirmed Wednesday that Jordan was docked $25,000 by the league for comments he made following a 97-96 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3. Neither the league nor the team announced the fine at the time it was levied, but it was revealed by commissioner David Stern earlier this week in an interview with The New York Times.
After Game 3, Jordan complained about the winning basket by LeBron James, who appeared to get away with traveling while driving to the basket.
"The truth is the truth," Jordan said the next day. "I want our players to understand that we did a lot of things to win the game, and because a travel wasn't called, you don't win the game."
Jordan added that Wizards star Gilbert Arenas "doesn't get the calls that LeBron gets."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press