The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson $25,000 following his ejection in Friday’s 114-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the nice on Saturday. A league statement said Atkinson was fined for”verbally fighting game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely way “

Atkinson was ejected with 1:09 left in the game after Brooklyn, trailing by five, did not get a foul call on one end of the floor, and the Nets’ Rodions Kurucs fouled Darren Collison onto a fast break on the opposite end.

“We’ve just got to be mentally stronger, and I have got to be mentally stronger, fighting those scenarios,” Atkinson said of his ejection. “Just frustration on my part. I have to teach myself. I don’t love that scene outside there. That is not what I’m there for. I’m not here to make a show. Therefore I apologize for that. That is not who I am. But it happens in this league some times with the emotion and intensity of the match “

“I think it was justified. You would like your coach standing for the players,” Dudley said. “If he is available crying, you realize there’s reasons why. You would like your coach to own your back, and he took those 2 techs. Now you know that you have somebody in your corner fighting for you.”


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