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Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (L) watches from the bench during second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Dallas, Texas January 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


We told you yesterday about veteran Mavericks guard Jason Kidd saying the referees didn’t respect Dallas as champions and they were not getting the calls.

Wednesday he got a call — from the league office informing him of his $25,000 fine for his comments. Nothing shocking here, the league doesn’t like players smacking the officials.

As we said yesterday, the Mavericks tend to be a jump shooting team behind Dirk Nowitzki so certainly teams like Oklahoma City — with slashers like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant — get more calls. Teams that attack get the calls. The Mavericks have 99 problems but the refs ain’t one.