Grizzlies’ J.B. Bickerstaff fined $25,000 for “inappropriate comments” to referee

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Wednesday night, Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff was ejected for some choice words to the referees.

After the ejection, he wanted to make sure the referees got his message and continued to bark at them while assistant coaches tried to get him to leave the court.

That cost Bickerstaff $25,000 in a fine from the NBA, for “directing inappropriate comments toward a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.”

Bickerstaff has been around long enough to know what he was doing — he knew what the fine was as he did it, he was just willing to make the point. That sum, however, stings more for an interim coach than a player getting the same number.