Monday , May , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Van Gundy slapped with $100,000 fine

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy
received a $100,000 fine from the NBA on Monday for comments made to the media
on Sunday regarding NBA officiating. It marks the largest fine ever issued
against a coach.

Van Gundy slapped with $100,000 fine

Van Gundy is upset about the referees’ treatment of center Yao Ming in the
playoff series against the Mavericks. He went on to say that Dallas owner Mark
Cuban is to blame.

Van Gundy told reporters at the team hotel in Dallas on Sunday that a referee
not working the playoffs called him and said that officials “were looking at
Yao harder because of Mark’s complaints” to the league office. He said that
Cuban “has been hard on them,” and “he’s gotten the benefit.”

“I didn’t think that really worked in the NBA, but in this case it has,” Van
Gundy added. He did not identify the official he spoke to.

Yao played only 20 minutes in the opening game of the set, before fouling out.
He was whistled for four fouls in Game 2, when he netted 33 points, then
received five fouls in each of the last two contests versus the Mavericks.

The best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series is tied at two games
apiece, with Game 5 scheduled for Monday at AmericanAirlines Center. The home
team has yet to post a victory in the series.