While nowhere near the draconian levels of the NFL, the NBA has become pretty strict this year when it comes to criticism from within. Players and coaches alike are seeing big fines for things they say to officials on the court and off.
Even comments made on radio shows and television programs outside the confines of the NBA still get scrutinized and earn fines. Warriors HC Steve Kerr learned that the hard way after picking up a $25,000 fine for comments he made during a radio interview.
The NBA just announced a $25,000 fine for Warriors coach Steve Kerr for public criticism of officiating earlier this week.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2016
The comments the NBA took objection to were about the enforcement of travelling, something fans and analysts alike have complained about this year. Kerr accused the league of missing tons of calls, and said he could literally put together a blooper reel of missed travel calls. He’s completely correct, but the NBA would rather fine him than address the issue. Here are his comments in full:
“Speaking of which, did you enjoy the DeMar DeRozan foray to the rim last night?” Kerr said. “How is it that everybody on earth can see these traveling violations except for the three people that we pay to do the job? I don’t get it.”
“(Traveling) is a point of emphasis on one particular play, and that’s when you catch-and-go,” Kerr said. “Like if a ball is swung to a guy on the wing, he catches and he goes. That’s an automatic travel whether he travels or not. Honestly. It’s just the one that the officials are taught to see.
“I can literally put together a blooper reel of plays that are embarrassing travels that are just not called. I believe what you just said. It’s a case of they have so many things to look at. They are looking at defensive three seconds, they’re looking at contact in the lane when people are cutting through. They are looking at the charge and block circle. They are looking at everything they should be looking at, which is the basic rule of the game: which is traveling.
“It’s a shame. Guys are getting away with murder out there. And fans see it. My favorite is when you see the visiting team travel and you see like a 1,000 fans in the background all doing the traveling signal with their hands. If those people saw it, how come the refs didn’t?”