Pistons coach fined $25K after saying ‘LeBron…can do what he wants’

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Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced Monday by NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Van Gundy made his comments in a live television interview during the Pistons’ 106-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

During the interview, Van Gundy said that LeBron James was able to do whatever he wanted, hinting that the refs were giving him preferential treatment.

“A couple calls upset our guys,” Van Gundy said during an interview. “They’ve got to understand LeBron is LeBron, they’re not going to call offensive fouls on him, he can do what he wants. They’ve got to understand that.”

The Cavs won that opener, in large part, with a line up adjustment.

After the game, ESPN reports that Van Gundy said it wasn’t the officiating that led to the Pistons’ loss.

“Look, I thought it evened out really well,” he said. “But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it’s two calls in an entire game after that. Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways. I thought they did a really good job. It was decided by the players on the floor, as it should be.”

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