By A. Sherrod Blakely
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."