Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr were each fined $25,000 for their outbursts Thursday night in the 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the NBA Finals.
The fines were announced Friday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations.
Curry was fined for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands after picking up his sixth foul. The incident, which resulted in a technical foul and subsequent ejection for Curry, occurred with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. His mouthpiece that hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavaliers minority owner Nate Forbes. The two-time NBA MVP apologized and shook Andrew Forbes’ hand before departing the floor.
Curry was upset about several fouls that were called against him throughout the game.
“It got the best of me,” Curry said after the game. “The playoffs hasn’t been easy, hasn’t been a breeze. The work we’ve put in, the opportunity we’ve given ourselves ... we’ve got to be excited. But we’ve got to figure it out so that we can take advantage of our homecourt.”
Kerr was fined for his criticism of the officiating when asked by reporters during his postgame press conference about the calls against Curry
“He had every right to be upset,” Kerry said of Curry. “He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous.
“He steals the ball from Kyrie (Irving) clean at one point. LeBron (James) flops on the last one. (Referee) Jason Phillips falls for that – for a flop. As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals.
“Let me be clear: We did not lose because of the officiating. They totally outplayed us, and Cleveland deserved to win. But those three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league.”
Curry scored 30 points in the loss, which pushed the NBA Finals to a deciding Game Seven on Sunday night in Oakland, Calif.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s father-in-law was nearly arrested when he was mistaken for a fake-credential con artist at Game Six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A league official told ESPN’s The Undefeated that NBA security was on alert during Game Six to find David Aminzadeh, who previously had sneaked in to many major sporting events. Quicken Loans Arena security officials checked the credentials of the father of Curry’s wife, Ayesha, because they thought he looked like Aminzadeh, before determining they were mistaken. Aminzadeh was never spotted at the game.
Curry was briefed by an NBA official about the situation with his father-in-law after he spoke to the media following the Warriors’ 115-101 loss to the Cavs.
“I was just kind of debriefed on what the security thought happened with some guy that poses with fake credentials and gets backstage at a lot of events, the NBA Finals and all that stuff,” Curry told The Undefeated as he departed from the arena. “They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was him. They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It’s kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around.
“That was kind of a traumatic situation where her (Ayesha’s) dad almost got arrested. So it was kind of a tough situation to deal with in a hostile environment. All in all, it’s just a game. I hope that everybody is all right.”
Ayesha Curry tweeted after the Warriors’ loss that her father was racially profiled.
“Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him. It’s been a long night for me. I apologize,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ayesha Curry also tweeted after her husband’s ejection that Game 6 was “absolutely rigged for money” or “ratings.” She later deleted the tweet, saying it was posted “in the heat of the moment.
Knicks interested in Rose
The New York Knicks have entertained internal discussions on acquiring Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, ESPN reported on Friday, citing sources.
While the report did not detail if the Bulls were willing to part ways with the former NBA MVP, the Knicks have made it no secret that they wish to upgrade their backcourt.
Jose Calderon, who will be 35 in September, serves as New York’s starting point guard and averaged just 7.6 points and a career-worst 4.1 assists last season. Second-year Jerian Grant and free-agent Tony Wroten are also in the mix.
The oft-injured Rose will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season for the Bulls, who have been rumored to be listening on offers for fellow guard Jimmy Butler. Boston and Minnesota are reportedly involved in that conversation. Rose, who was the top overall pick of the 2008 draft, tore his ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs before tearing the meniscus in his right knee in 2013-14.