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OAKLAND — The calls went against his liking. He pleaded his case. And when the officials did not listen, he expressed his displeasure.
Eventually, Rockets guard James Harden earned an ejection in Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Afterwards, Harden singled out official Scott Foster, arguing that he has “personal” issue with Houston and should not be able to officiate any more Rockets game. On Saturday, the NBA fined Harden $25,000 for his public criticism.
“I can’t relate,” Warriors Steve Kerr said. “I’m perfect with the officials. I have no idea.”
Kerr spoke with obvious sarcasm. The Warriors have 45 technicals this season, including five from Kerr. Kerr also was ejected on Feb. 13 in Portland after slamming his clipboard and swearing at official Ken Mauer after giving Draymond Green and Flagrant Foul 1 following his foul on Portland center Zach Collins. The NBA also fined Kerr $25,000 for what the league called “verbally abusing and confronting a game official.”
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Even if Kerr appeared to hate Mauer during his expletive-filled exchanges, Kerr argued he actually feels otherwise.
“I love Kenny Mauer. I think he’s one of the best officials in the game,” Kerr said. “He understands I was backing up my guys. Next time we see each other, we’ll say hello and it’s going to be cordial.”
After all, Kerr said he often apologizes to officials the following game they work had their last interaction ended with an ejection or technical.
“It’s a weird relationship. It’s very strange,” Kerr said. “They understand we’re going to yell at them and everyone understands afterwards you just sort of makeup, move on. I don’t know why anyone would want to be a ref. I know that. What a brutal job.”
Those officials might feel that way particularly against the Warriors, which lead the NBA with 45 technicals. Green has 13 technicals, and are three away from drawing an NBA-imposed one-game suspension. Kevin Durant (10) and DeMarcus Cousins (4) also often express their disagrements with the officials.
“They’re very responsive,” Kerr said of the officials. “You wash your hands and move on. It’s all good.” Livingston welcomed back
When Warriors veteran reserve Shaun Livingston entered the team’s practice facility on Friday, the team greeted him with a standing ovation.
The reason: Shaun missed Thursday’s game against Sacramento so he could be with his wife, Joey, who gave birth to their second daughter, Jonah Jazmine. She weighs 6 lbs and is 19 inches tall.