Paul George's 'home cooking' ref rant will cost him $25,000

Chris Trotman

The NBA doesn't appreciate players or coaches complaining about the referees so they didn't waste any time fining Paul George for his comments from the post-game media podium.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George delivered some interesting, if not puzzling comments following his team's loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 on Monday night.

Among the comments were some not-so-veiled shots directed at the officials for the way they called the game.

"You can't tell me we're not aggressive" George said. "Maybe we're too aggressive. But I feel like we're just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking."

The NBA felt that last line crossed the line and hit PG with a hefty fine, as the league announced today.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced Tuesday by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

George made his comments in the postgame press conference following the Pacers' 102-90 loss to the Miami Heat on May 26, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

David West did his best to suppress any direct criticism of the refs, although his comments about learning some new rules were in the ball park. Of course, PG made his comments to all of the national cameras on the podium, while West spoke from the locker room.

Regardless, the two team leaders for the Pacers did their politicking for Game 5 and now it is time to actually lead their team on the court.

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