Raptors' DeRozan fined for '5-on-8' comment criticizing refs
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan speaks to a journalist during a media day in Toronto on Monday, September 25 , 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:39PM EST
NEW YORK -- Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined US$15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.
The punishment was announced Tuesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice-president for basketball operations.
DeRozan made his remarks after the Raptors' 127-125 loss to Golden State on Saturday in Toronto.
He was fuming in part about a scramble for a loose ball that went out of bounds next to the Warriors' bench. After a video review, Golden State was awarded possession with three seconds left. Stephen Curry was fouled and made a pair of free throws before Fred VanVleet hit a buzzer-beating 3.
DeRozan said after the loss that "It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing 5-on-8. Some of those calls were terrible, period."