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NBA Fines Arenas for Criticism

Wednesday, March 2, 2005; Page D04

Stu Jackson, NBA senior vice president of basketball operations, fined Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas $7,500 yesterday for publicly criticizing officials to the media following the team's 110-108 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Arenas disputed a foul called with 1.5 seconds remaining, which allowed the Kings' Cuttino Mobley to hit the decisive free throws. Attempts to reach Arenas for comment were unsuccessful.

After the Kings snapped the Wizards' five-game home winning streak, Arenas said: "We fought too hard to let two free throws win the game . . . it was a bad call. I drove the ball 10 times and I got the same thing and I didn't get the call. For them to finish a game like that, I didn't think it was fair. I feel like I got the Shaq rule on me. They can't call the game fair when I'm playing. When I'm driving the lane, I guess I'm too strong now. I need to stay off the weights."

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Arenas attempted seven free throws in the game, but complained that he "should have shot 20 free throws" with the contact he absorbed against the Kings. Center Brendan Haywood also was critical of the officials after the loss, but wasn't fined.

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