According to a release from the league, Erick Dampier has been fined $35,000 for his comments on the officiating after Game 3 in San Antonio. Here’s the quote from Damp that drew the wrath of the league office:
“When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass, but when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glasses. You’ve got to call it both ways. Dirk drives, he doesn’t get fouled. they drive on the other end and get a little ticky-tack foul. So keep it consistent. Don’t be one way or another. Its on us, too. We’ve gotta take the ball to the basket, make contact, draw the foul, and go to the free throw line. Whoever handles the ball’s gotta drive to the basket and create contact.”
A dollar is only what you make of it, and in this case Damp has dropped 35k of them to exercise his freedom of speech. Vive la liberté! Vive la revolution! Vive la Dampier!