Latrell Sprewell is going to pay the $10,000 fine imposed by the NBA, but he isn't happy about it.

"I don't feel I said anything too absurd," the Knicks forward said Friday.

The fine, levied Wednesday, was the result of Sprewell's actions a week ago Saturday in a game against the Warriors and his former coach, P.J. Carlesimo. It was the first meeting between Sprewell and Carlesimo since the player, then a member of the Warriors, choked the coach in December 1997.

Sprewell was fined by the league for profane and vulgar remarks made at some fans during the game, won by the Knicks 86-79.

"Anything I did say, there wasn't a lot of profanity," Sprewell said. "I thought it [the fine] was unnecessary. I didn't expect it."

Shortly before the opening tip, Carlesimo approached mid-court in hopes of shaking hands with Sprewell. But Sprewell remained under the Knicks' basket and turned away from his former coach.

When asked if he would change his style, Sprewell said, "I don't know if I will be as confrontational."

* STREAKING KINGS: Chris Webber, Jason Williams and Corliss Williamson have helped the Kings pick up where they left off last season when they were the NBA's highest-scoring team and gave the Jazz a scare in the playoffs. The Kings' 124-95 win Friday over the Warriors was their eighth straight, making it the longest streak for the franchise since the Kansas City Kings won eight in a row in December 1979. At 9-1, they have the NBA's best record.