Lakers' Jackson Fined $25 Thousand For Criticizing Refs

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is unrepentant about being fined $25,000 by the NBA for his criticism of the referees following Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

"I didn't think very good of it at all," he said before the Lakers and Denver Nuggets met Wednesday night in Game 5. "I thought I was very conciliatory, tried to soft-pedal my comments, but that's the league for you. They'll come back and hammer you."

The Lakers organization was also fined $25,000 Tuesday, the day after the team's 120-101 loss in Denver that evened the series.

"If it was a $10 fine it would still bother me," Jackson said. "Parking tickets still bother me."