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Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown fined $25,000 for yelling at officials

Dec 16, 2022, 12:15 PM
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The NBA has fined Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown $25,000 for what led to his ejection in Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

In a statement, the league said it fined coach Brown for “aggressively pursuing and directing profane language toward a game official.”

With 9 minutes to go in the third quarter, Kings’ guard Terence Davis II was called for a questionable foul on Raptors guard Fred VanFleet. As he was driving to the basket, VanFleet nailed De’Aaron Fox with a shove. At that point, coach Mike Brown had had enough. He voiced his displeasure with the lack of calls his team was seeing and was assessed two technical fouls.

The Kings would go on to win Wednesday’s game, with several players saying seeing their coach get ejected sparked a fire in them.

“[De’Aaron] Fox got fouled obviously and it wasn’t called and we were getting hacked the whole game and not getting any calls,” Malik Monk said in a postgame interview. “So Mike just had to take one for the team and it bringed the energy up and we just fed off that.”

On the Kevin Huerter Show, the Kings guard told Carmichael Dave that Mike Brown knew exactly what he was doing.

Center Domantas Sabonis echoed those same remarks, saying they “had to do it for him.”

“He’s a great coach and one of our best players got a tech, and wasn’t getting fouls,” Sabonis said postgame. “Fox was playing really hard all game and then he [Mike Brown] has our back. So that was big time. I feel like that kind of changed the whole mood.”

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