Thursday , Mar , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers, Jackson each hit with $50,000 fines

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers organization, along
with head coach Phil Jackson, were each hit with $50,000 fines on Thursday for
comments made following their 88-83 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday at the
Delta Center.

Following the game, Jackson stated that referee Bob Delaney was prejudiced
against Shaquille O’Neal, who was ejected from the contest after he came down
with an elbow on top of Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko with 3:57 remaining in the
game.

“Bob Delaney’s known to be very prejudiced against Shaquille. We know that, so
we wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t a good call,” Jackson said following the
loss. “But I’m not going to make a comment on that right now.”

O’Neal had also been whistled for a technical earlier in the period for
taunting after a dunk.

“We just felt it wasn’t fair-square,” Jackson added. “It felt like we were
going against eight people instead of five.”

The Lakers, who got Kobe Bryant back on the court Wednesday, are currently
fourth in the Western Conference, a half-game back of the Dallas Mavericks and
5 1/2 games behind Sacramento in the Pacific Division.

LAL