Knicks power forward Julius Randle got it off his chest but he didn’t get off without a fine.
Randle was fined $15,000 by the NBA for “directing inappropriate language toward a game official and public criticism of the officiating, league disciplinarian Kiki Vandeweghe announced Tuesday. In a profane tirade, Randle ripped the officiating for a loose-ball foul call against him in the final seconds against Philly Sunday night of their 101-100 overtime loss.
Randle argued the call vociferously. It was his second refereeing incident in a week after trying to go after referee Scott Foster after the final buzzer of the Knicks’ loss to the Nets.
Randle may have gotten off lightly considering Paul George was fined $35,000 last week for his referee criticism. The two-minute NBA report confirmed the official Leon Wood made the correct call in assessing the foul against Randle, who pushed off against Tobias Harris, allowing Nerlens Noel to grab the rebound.
After the morning shootaround, Randle was asked about the confirmation.
“I’m just going to say no comment, man,’’ Randle said. “There’s no point in really getting into that game and what was going on. I’m just going to say no comment.’’
After the Sixers’ game, Randle took just one question after which a Knicks public-relations staffer ended the session and Randle walked away.
“Wrong call by the officials,’’ Randle said Sunday night. “Not enough contact for them to call the play. I don’t know who it was – Nerlens – but clearly he had possession. After all the fouling and everything that was going on, for them to call that and decide the game is f–king ridiculous. They have to do a better job. It’s too many games like this.’’