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NBA rescinds technical fouls against Lakers' Ron Artest, Clippers' Blake Griffin

Artest says he could have used the $4,000 to buy burgers from In-N-Out.

January 17, 2011|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Players and referee James Capers get between Clippers' Blake Griffin (next to Randy Foye, No. 4) and Lakers' Lamar Odom, right, during altercation in final seconds. Griffin and Odom were ejected, as were Lakers' Ron Artest (15, next to Capers) and Clippers' Baron Davis (next to Derek Fisher, No. 2).
Players and referee James Capers get between Clippers' Blake Griffin… (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles…)

It's getting to be a common occurrence around here.

Referees assess a technical foul to a Lakers player, then the NBA rescinds it a day later.

On Monday, the league retracted the technical fouls assessed to Ron Artest and Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the final seconds of Sunday's 99-92 Clippers victory.

Last week, it was Andrew Bynum and his infamous "Are you serious?" set of technical fouls, one of which was erased by the NBA the following day.

Artest was apparently hungry to get back the $4,000 he would have forfeited had his ejection not been overturned.

"I could've bought 10,000 In-N-Out Burgers," he said. "I rather would've done that than give it away. I'm going to get 10 burgers [after Monday's game]. I love In-N-Out. It's addicting. It's the only reason I'm here in L.A. If it wasn't for In-N-Out Burger, I probably would've gone to Memphis or something."

Artest then transitioned from fast food to men's underwear, as only he could, saying one unidentified NBA referee "definitely has Fruit of the Looms that are super tight."

"He should do a commercial with extra-medium Fruit of the Looms, the tight ones," Artest said. "He should do a little kid commercial of a man wearing little kid underwear."

Meanwhile, Coach Phil Jackson said he wasn't surprised by referees' quick whistles when it came to technical fouls.

"I think we were kind of warned about that about four years ago when one of our great referees, Joey Crawford, gave a technical and a flagrant foul on a player and said, 'Look, we were warned by the league, we're just going to let them sort it out. We're not going to make any mistakes here and get chastised.' "

Jackson added that the NBA "rightfully" rescinded Artest's ejection. Artest simply pulled Lamar Odom away from Clippers guard Baron Davis with 5.7 seconds left to play in Sunday's game.

Jackson is less certain about Artest's workout regimen, which often includes running on a treadmill after games in which he doesn't play much in the fourth quarter.

"He's working out maybe too much, too often," Jackson said. "You look at Ron, he's got a body like a bear. It's wide and broad. He's not built to get through screens and all those kind of things like Trevor [Ariza] was. This is a guy that's got to use his body and his muscular nature to defend."

Jackson added, however, "I think he'll do fine."

Full tilt

Odom complained after the game that Griffin rammed into his back while pursuing a rebound despite a large Clippers' lead in the final seconds, but Jackson said some players simply go all-out play after play.

" Mark Madsen used to be like that all the time," Jackson said. "He used to get in practice and guys were like, 'Come on, Mark. Take it easy.' "

Madsen played for the Lakers from 2000 to 2003.

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Times correspondent Mark Medina contributed to this report.

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