Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night. Gentry, who claimed he saw Harden wink after the foul was called, was assessed a technical as he demonstratively walked away from official David Guthrie and sat on the bench. "That's not correct. That's not the way you do it", Gentry continued.
"What happens to us is that AD never gets a call, he never gets a call", Gentry continued. Gentry also criticized officials for not calling fouls when Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is grabbed by defenders while moving without the ball on the offensive end.
One of the last straws came when Holiday was whistled for a particularly light foul on a James Harden 3-point attempt in the final five minutes. It's understandable that as a coach, Gentry will defend his players and eat a fine if he feels he has to. He just keeps playing the game. He never gets a call. Why? We talk about them holding him, we talk about them grabbing him on rolls, we talk about them coming under him on post-ups. "We got sloppy on offence", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We are fighting our asses off for a playoff spot".
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"Don't worry about it", Gentry said. Holiday and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry disputed the call, saying the crafty Harden initiated the contact by swinging his arms in front of him was he went up for the shot. "To me, he's the MVP of the league and he's done everything to earn it".
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 19 points for New Orleans, which has lost four of five since winning 10 straight. Changes dateline, updates with Gentry's comments Sunday. You can get your beard shaved for free at tonight's #Pelicans game (Outside of Section 101 on the concourse starting at 5 pm) anyone that does will receive a #AD4MVP shirt! "Because it's not right".
"All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game, not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner". "I'm going out there and having a lot of fun and just playing the right way".