Stan Van Gundy.

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy fined $25k for criticism of officials

Published 1 Comments

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticising officials during his team's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of their first-round playoff series.

Van Gundy didn't hold back on his feelings towards some of the refereeing decisions that went against the Pistons during his in-game interview with ESPN reporter Lisa Salters.

The 56-year-old claimed that Cavs superstar LeBron James gets favourable calls and his comments, which were televised, have landed him in hot water.

Have your say on GiveMeSport - NBA by taking part in our survey here:

"A couple calls have upset our guys," Van Gundy said in his interview. "They've got to understand, LeBron's LeBron. They're not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do whatever he wants. They've got to understand that."

The remarks were certainly in the heat of the moment during a game in which the Pistons went toe-to-toe with the number one seeded Cavaliers and gave as good as they had.

Coming in as the eighth seed and going up against the Eastern Conference favourites was already an uphill task for the Motor City franchise, but they felt that by not getting the rub of the green from the officials, it gave them little to no chance of snatching a win at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

In the aftermath of the game and once he'd composed himself, Van Gundy backtracked on his comments towards the match officials and instead claimed that calls went both ways.

"Look, I thought it evened out really well," Van Gundy said. "But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it's two calls in an entire game after that.

"Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways. I thought they did a really good job. It was decided by the players on the floor, as it should be."

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

Van Gundy has always been a very outspoken character and speaks his mind, which isn't always the best idea. 

In a tense game, Detroit was angered by decisions that went Cleveland's way down the stretch and Reggie Jackson was one player who expressed this and was issued with a technical foul that contributed to the home side closing the game out.

The Pistons gave a great account of themselves and capitalised on the Cavs' defensive frailties throughout the encounter and shot the ball extremely well. 

Ahead of Game Two, Van Gundy and his players will know the importance of keeping their cool as the pressure of the postseason builds.

A defeat will leave the team 2-0 down which would be a mountain to climb against the reigning Eastern Conference champions. Game Two in Cleveland takes place on Thursday at 1:00am.

Eastern Conference
Andre Drummond
Detroit Pistons
Central Division
Reggie Jackson

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again