“I’ve been vocal to the point where the league issues [a statement], ‘Hey, we missed a call. Hey, we missed that.’ Officials do it during games [saying], ‘I missed that call, I missed this call. We’re sorry. We’re sorry.’ It’s getting repetitive. They see it, they know what’s going on. They know what’s a foul. They know what’s not a foul. It comes down from somewhere else how these games are going, I believe…
“Since I’ve been in this jersey we’ve always fought this battle,” George said. “Ever since I’ve been playing, ever since I’ve been in this jersey we’ve fought this battle. Maybe the league has teams they like so they can give them the benefit of the doubt. We’re the little brother of the league. We’re definitely the little brother of the league.”
The moment Paul George said that following the Pacers’ Christmas Day loss to the Bulls, he had to know a fine was coming. That landed on his doorstep Wednesday — the NBA fined him $15,000 for “public criticism of officiating.”
His coach, Nate McMillan, picked up his own $10,000 fine for these comments after the game.
“(The referees have) got to give us more respect… No fouls. We only shot 10 free throws. Paul shot one free throw the entire game. He played 39 minutes. This is the second game where he’s getting a lot of grabbing, a lot of holding. (Jimmy) Butler shoots 12 free throws tonight. I mean, they’re getting away with a lot of grabbing on Paul and they’ve got to call the game both ways.”
Hopefully, the Pacers feel they get their money’s worth out of this. Of course, they lost to the Bulls because of 16 turnovers, and because of their offense going stagnant with too much isolation too often (something that happens more than it should to the Pacers). They are a couple games below .500, disappointed and frustrated, and so they are blaming everyone and everything for their woes. It happens. But their biggest problem is not the officiating.