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Bucks' Allen, Karl fined by NBA
Associated Press

Ray Allen

NEW YORK -- The NBA fined the Milwaukee Bucks, coach George Karl and guard Ray Allen a total of $85,000 Tuesday for their remarks about officiating during the Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The team was fined $50,000, Karl $25,000 and Allen $10,000 after the coach and player said the league preferred having Philadelphia in the NBA Finals instead of Milwaukee.

The 76ers advanced to the championship round, beating the Bucks in seven games. It was after Milwaukee lost Game 5 by one point that Allen and Karl spoke out.

"I think there's no question," Allen said. "The league, as a marketing machine, the bottom line is about making money. It behooves everybody for the league to make more money, and the league knows that Philadelphia is going to make more money with L.A. than we would with L.A.

"Nine times out of 10, when you have a referee you know there's no biases. But in the back of everybody's minds, it's like Philadelphia and the MVP (Allen Iverson) needs to play in the finals."

Karl said the young Bucks were not getting respect from the officials.

"I think Philly with the MVP and the sixth man (award winner Aaron McKie) and the defensive player (award winner Dikembe Mutombo), they're getting respect calls. We're not getting the respect calls."

Karl said three other NBA coaches called him after Game 5 to raise the conspiracy issue.

"Sam Cassell said that Kevin Garnett and Rod Strickland had called him, so it's out there," Karl said.

The fines were imposed by Stu Jackson, the league's senior vice president for basketball operations.

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