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Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

Bobcats' Brown fined for ref ruckus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Larry Brown became the first major target in the NBA's zero-tolerance policy toward criticizing its replacement referees.

The Bobcats coach was hit with $60,000 in fines on Wednesday and the Charlotte organization was fined another $60,000 after Brown's ejection from an exhibition game.

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was also fined $25,000 for criticism after a game Monday, as the league attempts to protect its inexperienced officials while it locks out its regular referees in a labor dispute.

Official Kevin Scott, who has worked in college and pro-am leagues, whistled Brown for two technical fouls at different times in Monday's game in Atlanta. After the second technical, with 3:23 left in the third quarter, Brown lingered on the court instead of heading to the locker room. Scott called for security, but Brown then left on his own.

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