Joakim Noah relieved to receive $15K fine
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter February 4, 2014 5:26PM
Is this a just fine?
Updated: February 4, 2014 10:28PM
PHOENIX — Just in case Joakim Noah was unsure about the cost for an expletive directed at an official, it’s $5,000.
And he got hit for all three of them.
After picking up a second technical foul in less than three minutes during the loss Monday at Sacramento, Noah was ejected from the game but had no intention of going quietly. He pointed at each of the three referees and gave them an “[expletive] you,’’ then was restrained and escorted off the court.
Worried about a possible suspension, Noah was glad to receive just a $15,000 fine from the league office.
“I think it was fair,’’ Noah said. “It was a bad mistake on my part. I have to keep my cool under all circumstances. It’s unfortunate I have to pay for it. And I have to move on and just get ready for the game.’’
Noah talked to the league office earlier in the day, thinking there was a chance he could be sitting against the Suns.
“Yeah [I was worried], but those aren’t things that I can control,’’ Noah said. “I was ready for whatever consequences were going to be thrown my way.
“Just the way the game was going, I think I was just frustrated with that. I just have to do a better job of keeping my composure. I could’ve easily been suspended for a game, and that would’ve been really hard for me just not to be able to be there for my teammates. So I can’t let things like that happen.’’
And while Noah was apologetic, coach Tom Thibodeau was almost defiant.
“It’s a fine,’’ Thibodeau said. “To me it was a frustrating game, it’s an emotional game. Obviously you don’t want to lose control of your emotions. It happened. I never thought it warranted suspension. It was probably appropriate.
“So he got fined for cursing. It’s not a big deal. To me you’re making a mountain out of a molehill. It was a nothing, really.’’
Noah’s fine wasn’t the only thing downplayed by Thibodeau on Tuesday. The fact that Kings’ big man DeMarcus Cousins called Mike Dunleavy a “clown’’ after the loss also was all but dismissed despite some bad blood that’s been boiling between the two.
“I don’t pay any attention to that stuff,’’ Thibodeau said of Cousins’ comments. “OK, we played poorly [Monday] night. Get ready for Phoenix. That’s all I’m thinking about. I could care less what DeMarcus Cousins says.’’
The Cousins-Dunleavy rivalry started last season, when the temperamental center was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected after elbowing Dunleavy.