Rivers fined 15K for slow exit following ejection

Rivers fined 15K for slow exit following ejection

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES Following the Boston Celtics' loss at Phoenix, there was concern that Kevin Garnett might be hit with additional punishment after being ejected.

Instead, it was coach Doc Rivers who was hit with a 15,000 fine by the league for not leaving the court in a timely manner following his ejection in the second quarter of Friday's 88-71 loss to the Suns.

"I didn't leave on time," Rivers admitted prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I kind of expected that additional fine."

But it's the kind of fine that's totally subjective, both in its nature and the way it's enforced.

When asked how long did coaches have to stay on the floor following an ejection, Rivers said, "We don't know actually."

He added, "That's probably something we all probably do need to address, or maybe we should run off the floor. I don't know what you do, but . . . it's a tough one."

Rivers also suggested that the league institute a 30-second clock following a coach getting tossed.

"When a coach gets thrown out of a game, they should start the clock, give you 30 seconds to vent," Rivers said. "That would be a lot of fun. The crowd would really get into that."

As for his fine, Rivers said it doesn't bother him at all.

"I have no problems with it," he said. "The low number fine amount tells you they didn't think it was anything awful. So I'm good with it."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.