Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd was fined $25,000 today by the National Basketball Association for public criticism of officiating.
Kidd was cited for comments he made following the team’s 95-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5, league Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said in an e-mailed statement.
The defending-champion Mavericks were outscored 8-0 over the final 2 minutes, 24 seconds. Kidd objected to the fourth-quarter officiating, specifically a foul on center Ian Mahinmi that allowed Oklahoma City to take the lead for good at the free-throw line with 46 seconds remaining.
“He didn’t foul him,” Kidd, 38, said according to ESPN. “It was a bad call. Clean block. It was a bad night for the officials. It happens.”
Kidd also said that the Mavericks aren’t viewed as NBA champions by officials, and that forward Dirk Nowitzki should “live at the line if they would call it the way it’s supposed to be,” according to ESPN.
A 10-time All-Star, Kidd leads active players in games played (1,297) and assists (11,745). He is averaging 5.4 points and 5.6 assists per game this season, his 18th in the NBA.
The Mavericks (23-17) are 3-6 in their last nine games, including a 95-85 victory over the New York Knicks last night. The team next plays tomorrow night at the Phoenix Suns.