The NBA fined David Griffin of the New Orleans Pelicans $50,000 on Sunday for publicly criticizing officiating and making feedback the league thought-about detrimental.
The choice got here two days after Griffin, the Pelicans’ govt vp of basketball operations, spoke out strongly about his considerations over the quantity of contact NBA referees enable New Orleans ahead Zion Williamson to endure.
Williamson is presently out indefinitely with a damaged left index finger. Griffin mentioned the Pelicans have advised league officers many instances that they feared Williamson was being uncovered to damage due to the way in which defenders are allowed to play towards the 6-foot-7, 284-pound standout.
“He’s injured now due to the open season there’s been on Zion Williamson within the paint,” Griffin mentioned Friday. “He’s been completely mauled within the paint regularly.”
Williamson is averaging 27.0 factors and seven.2 rebounds per recreation this season. The Pelicans started Sunday two video games behind San Antonio for tenth place and the ultimate play-in event berth within the Western Convention.