Nets coach Avery Johnson fined

New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson has been fined $25,000 for improper conduct towards a game official surrounding his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter of the Nets’ 106-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on February 2.

InsideHoops.com editor says: I think it’s fine for head coaches to occasional get a bit too fired up. Part of the job of a coach is to motivate his players, and in this case the Nets have shown some nice energy over the last couple of weeks. Of course, ideally Johnson’s energy should not be focused at referees (especially in “improper fashion”), but the point is, he’s doing a perfectly decent job lately at keeping his players focused.