David Fizdale did not hold back in his criticism of the referred after the Grizzlies loss to the San Antonio Spurs in game 2 of the playoffs. Now he’ll pay for it.
He’s been fined $30,000 for his tirade that included him saying the referee's "did not even give us a chance" before referring to it as "unprofessional" and "unacceptable".
"It was a very poorly officiated basketball game," Fizdale said. "Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, has zero free throws, but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws?"
"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go crazy. He has class, and he just plays the game. But I'm not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop's [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] got pedigree, and I'm a young rookie. But they're not gonna rook us. That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. And they did not even give us a chance."
Fizdale finished his rant with the instantly classic "take that for data" comment before slamming his pen on the table.
ServiceMaster, a Tennessee-based company and team sponsor, said they will cover the fine with the line #TakeThatForData.
The Grizzlies face an uphill battle to fight back from 0-2 down but if the team show as much fight as Fizdale did in his post-match press conference (and the referee's take heed of his concerns), they might stand a chance.