|C’s minority owner could face fine||06.10.10 at 4:39 pm ET|
Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta may be receiving a fine from NBA commissioner David Stern after Pallotta verbally confronted the commissioner with complaints about the Game 3 officiating after the Celtics’ 91-84 loss at home, according to a Boston Globe report.
Pallotta reportedly told Stern that the league should be embarrassed by the job its officials are doing. There have been 159 fouls called in the first three games of the NBA finals, with the Celtics outnumbering the Lakers by nine in that category.
Stern has a past of fining owners who criticize NBA officials, most notably Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has doled out as much as $250,000 for his critical comments. Cuban’s comments, though, were made in the public sphere. Pallotta’s comments were made to Stern directly, meaning that there is a slight chance that his fine could be for less if there is even a fine at all.