Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams  (Getty Photographs/AFP)

NEW YORK – Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Friday for public criticism of officiating in a street loss Tuesday to the Los Angeles Lakers.

After the 122-111 defeat, Williams famous the Lakers made 46 free throws to solely 20 by the Suns, with the Lakers outscoring Phoenix by 21 factors from the road.

“The place do you see a recreation with 46 free throws for one crew? That’s simply not proper,” Williams stated. “I don’t care the way you slice it, it’s occurring to us an excessive amount of.”

Williams additionally indicated the free throw disparity favoring foes has grow to be a sample in a number of Suns video games.

“Different groups are reaching. Different groups are hitting,” Williams stated. “And we’re not getting the identical name and I’m uninterested in it. It’s previous — 46-20 free throws with Devin Booker on our crew. He will get 12. I imply, our bench had no free throws.

“Been speaking about the identical factor for some time. Doesn’t matter what crew it’s.”

Suns star Chris Paul cited “loopy stuff” relating to calls whereas Booker stated he shrugs off calls however “I perceive the agendas which can be being pushed” with out going into particulars.

Williams stated he had spoken about his points to NBA head of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who issued the high-quality.

“I can sit right here and rant and rave about what I really feel like is just not a good whistle. It’s simply not,” Williams stated.

“I’m uninterested in speaking about free throws. Our guys must do their job. We perceive that. However that’s an enormous disparity, 46-20.”

At 38-34, the Suns rank fourth within the Western Convention.

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