Mike Malone Defends Nikola Jokic after Technical Foul Controversy Involving Phoenix Suns Owner
Author: Deborah Ross / 2023-05-08 08:50:11Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has expressed his frustration over the recent technical foul called on Nikola Jokic during the team's game against the Phoenix Suns. Malone was quoted as saying, «I think it's crazy that Nikola Jokic got a technical foul… He's going to get the ball and some fan is holding onto the ball like he wants to be apart of the game.»
When a reporter pointed out that the fan in question was actually the owner of the Suns, Malone responded with a blunt, «I don't give a sh*t.»
The incident occurred during the second quarter of the game when Jokic was trying to retrieve the ball after it went out of bounds. However, Suns owner Robert Sarver was holding onto the ball, causing Jokic to become frustrated and engage in a verbal exchange with Sarver.
The technical foul was called on Jokic as a result of the incident, but Malone clearly feels that the call was unjustified. This latest controversy has added fuel to the ongoing debate around how NBA referees are handling player and fan interactions, with many calling for clearer guidelines to be put in place.
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