NBA Notebook

Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Brown Is Hit With $25,000 Fine

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mike Brown went to the All-Star Game with less spending money.

Cleveland's coach was fined $25,000 by the NBA yesterday for publicly criticizing referee Joey Crawford following the Cavaliers' last-second loss at Indiana earlier this week.

Although league disciplinarian Stu Jackson said in a release that Brown had been fined for comments made about "the officials," Brown's postgame tirade was directed at Crawford, who whistled LeBron James for a foul on Pacers F Danny Granger in the final second. Crawford felt James made contact with Granger, who sank one free throw to give Indiana a 96-95 win.

Brown claimed Crawford made a predetermined -- or makeup -- call against James, who had been involved in a similar play moments earlier when Granger was whistled for a foul while trying to defend an alley-oop pass intended for James.

On Wednesday, Brown stood by his comments and said he expected to be assessed his first fine as a head coach.

Following the loss in Indiana, Brown watched replays of the controversial finish before venting his anger toward Crawford.

"I cannot imagine another worse call than that. LeBron was between his man and the basket. He went up in the air when the ball was tipped, and for that official to predetermine his call was awful," Brown said. "It was awful. That's why we lost the game."

ยท CLIPPERS: Elgin Baylor is taking his game to a different court.

One day after filing a discrimination suit against the Clippers and the NBA, Baylor provided insight into his action against the team for whom he served as general manager for 22 years and the league in which he excelled as a player for 14 seasons.

"The way I was treated by the NBA and the Clippers was unfair and in many ways discriminatory, it was wrong," said Baylor, reading from a prepared statement at a news conference at the office of his lawyer, Carl Douglas.

"We are forced to take this action because our effort to resolve this dispute quietly were ignored. So I look forward to having my day in court."

Flanked by a four-person legal team and his wife, Elaine, the 74-year-old Baylor suggested he had endured a working arrangement with the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling that turned sour in recent years with the team trying to force him out.

Baylor claims that although Coach Mike Dunleavy was rewarded with a lucrative contract following the Clippers' run to the playoffs in 2006, Sterling did not provide any economic reward to Baylor for his efforts as the general manager.

"The team I pushed Donald Sterling to assemble made it to the second round of the playoffs, exceeding everyone's expectations," Baylor said.

Baylor further claims to have discovered in 2008 that Dunleavy had been secretly assigned many of his duties and the team was trying to force him to retire.

-- From News Services

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