Nuggets Coach George Karl was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA yesterday for publicly criticizing officials after a 101-92 loss to the Nets.
Karl was to begin his suspension with last night's Nuggets-Hornets game in Denver. He also will sit out the game at Phoenix tomorrow night.
Following Monday night's loss to the Nets, Karl suggested Vince Carter flopped twice during the game's final minutes. Karl and Kenyon Martin, who was whistled for fouling Carter with 1:05 left, drew technical fouls and Martin was ejected after drawing a second technical during a subsequent timeout.
"To let Vince Carter flop two calls and get the whistle to end the game. I was disappointed because the effort and energy of [the Nuggets] I thought should have been stood up for," Karl said after the game. "Vince Carter flopped both of them and got the call."
Karl added: "There's a rumor out of the league office that we're trying to take flopping out of the game, but I don't think that was orchestrated very much in those two calls."
After reviewing the game tape, Karl acknowledged on Tuesday that the Nuggets did indeed foul Carter on the two plays in question but added that he believed the officials were making up for 14 fouls they called on New Jersey in the third quarter.
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