Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hinrich banned, Gentry fined in incidents with referees

NEW YORK — Chicago's Kirk Hinrich was suspended one game by the NBA on Saturday for making contact with a referee and Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry was fined 25,000 dollars for improper conduct to an official.

Hinrich will not play for the Bulls when they visit Memphis on Tuesday as a result of his actions during a heated dispute with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Bulls' 108-95 loss at Miami on Friday.

Miami's Dwyane Wade drove to the basket but was fouled by Chicago's Brad Miller. Wade began complaining. Hinrich argued the call against his teammate and officials began whistling fouls.

Hinrich was called for a technical foul. Miller was issued another for questioning why his foul on Wade had been declared a flagrant foul and Hinrich moments later drew a second technical foul, bringing an automatic ejection.

The Heat led 87-77 before the incident, then added six free throws and a basket by Wade before the Bulls saw the ball again.

Gentry's fine was for failing to leave the court in a timely manner Friday following an ejection and improper conduct to an official with 5:06 to play in the fourth quarter of his team's 102-96 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Referee Mike Callahan tosses Gentry, who had to be restrained by assistant coaches before departing. Gentry was upset that Lakers star Pau Gasol was not handed a flagrant foul when he barred Lou Amundson's drive to the hoop.