After Sunday’s debacle in Milwaukee, Mike Brown’s family unfortunately won’t be going skiing at Lake Tahoe over the All-Star break.
Sacramento came to Milwaukee and played a great game for most of the evening. The offense finally looked like it did last season and they were battling defensively. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk missed some free throws in overtime, however, and Damian Lillard eventually hit a clutch three in overtime to hand the Kings their second consecutive loss on their five-game road trip.
Coach Brown was not there to see any of that. He was hit with two technical fouls and ejected early in the fourth quarter.
After feeling that rookie referee Intae Hwang missed a foul call on his All-Star guard De’Aaron Fox, which led to a Kings’ turnover, Brown stormed onto the court. The game was still going, and one of the Bucks players took a bump from Brown while running down the floor.
Storming onto the court during live play is dangerous, but Referee Hwang got the worst of Brown’s outburst, as the enraged coach screamed at him and got uncomfortably close. Malik Monk and Trey Lyles tried to restrain Brown but to no avail. Associate head coach Jordan Fernández had to take over and guide the team through the rest of the game.
After the ejection, Brown capped off his tumultuous night with a meme-worthy press conference for the ages. Feeling that his criticism of the officiating was warranted, he found the receipts and brought them to the podium. Using a laptop, he walked the media members in attendance through all the mistakes he believed the officials made during the game.
His rant was cause for many jokes in and around the league—Steven Kerr and Stephen Curry both made jokes about it after losing to the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies—but league officials were not as amused.
Head of basketball operations Joe Dumars handed Brown a hefty $50,000 fine. While storming on the court and approaching a referee in the way he did was not a good move, Brown’s later criticism of the officials definitely contributed to his fine. He is now the fourth head coach to be fined for it this season, joining Taylor Jenkins, Ime Udoka, and Darko Rajakovic, who each got a $25,000 fine.