Today: March 05, 2024
Today: March 05, 2024

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic ejected in second quarter against Bulls

Share This
Nuggets star Nikola Jokic ejected in second quarter against Bulls
AP
JAY COHEN
December 12, 2023

CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Jokic chose his words carefully. At least he did after the game.

“I like my money so I'm not going to say whatever,” the two-time NBA MVP said.

Jokic was ejected in the second quarter of Denver's 114-106 victory at Chicago on Tuesday for the language he directed toward an official after he felt he was fouled on a layup attempt.

Jokic finished with four points, nine rebounds and six assists in Denver’s only scheduled visit to the United Center this season. After the 7-foot center was thrown out, the crowd of 20,775 seemed to register its displeasure with the decision by the officials.

“That's the first I've seen that. I've never seen that, when the opposing gym's been upset that the star player on the other team's been kicked out,” Nuggets guard Justin Holiday said. “Usually they're like ‘Yay,’ or booing the other player. But they were upset that he was getting kicked out."

Jokic protested after he missed a reverse layup with 1:12 left in the first half, saying something in the direction of a referee as he made his way back down the court. He was promptly whistled for a technical and thrown out by official Mousa Dagher.

“I crossed the line, but sometimes that word doesn’t cross the line,” Jokic said.

Jokic declined to get into further details because he wanted to avoid a fine by the NBA. Mark Lindsay, the crew chief for the referee crew, also was vague when asked about the exchange.

“We don’t typically publicly get into exactly what a player said, but the language reached the standard for an ejection,” Lindsay told a pool reporter.

Denver coach Michael Malone visited with the officials at halftime.

“I will not use that phrase that Nikola reportedly used,” Malone said. “But he just felt the language that was used warranted an objection. A one-(technical) ejection, which I was very shocked at. And when I heard what he said, I said I don’t understand the problem because when I grew up that was a term of endearment in my house.”

The 28-year-old Jokic also was ejected in the first half of a 107-103 victory at Detroit on Nov. 20. Asked if he was concerned about Jokic's relationship with the officials, Malone said he needs to do a better job of helping his star player.

“If he's getting fouled or he thinks he's getting fouled, let me take the (technical),” Malone said. “That's my job as a head coach, because I don't want him being put in that position where he is getting thrown out, because it's not good for him and more importantly, it's not good for the team.”

It was a tough blow for a short-handed Denver team that was coming off a 129-122 victory at Atlanta on Monday night. Jamal Murray was held out because of issues with his ankles, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn't play in the second half after he collided with Bulls center Nikola Vucevic earlier in the night.

Veteran center DeAndre Jordan said he made a suggestion to Jokic to help avoid any similar trouble in the future.

“I think next time it'll be a lot of Serbian curse words hopefully,” a grinning Jordan said.

___

AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA

Popular

US Navy says USS John Finn conducted routine south-to-north Taiwan Strait transit

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Arleigh-Burke guided missile class destroyer USS John Finn conducted a routine south-to-north Taiwan Strait transit on March 5, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Analysis-Chinese developers resume UK commercial property retreat

By Iain Withers and Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Some big Chinese developers are set to offload more real estate in Britain to raise cash, property agents say, making the most of a slowly thawing

Blackrock sees India, Indonesia as promising for investment opportunities

JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. investment firm BlackRock sees India and Indonesia as two Asia-Pacific countries offering a lot of investment opportunities, its head of research for the region said on

Cryptoverse: Asian traders give bitcoin blast-off

By Jihoon Lee and Jaspreet Kalra SEOUL/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bitcoin's runaway rally is being driven by investors in Asia.

Analysis-Boeing's Spirit Aero bid could help supply chain but is no cure-all

By Allison Lampert and Abhijith Ganapavaram (Reuters) - Boeing's possible takeover of Spirit AeroSystems, along with delaying plans to ramp up production of 737 MAX jets, could help the planemaker

Thousands of Korean doctors face license suspensions as Seoul moves to prosecute strike leaders

Thousands of striking junior doctors in South Korea are facing proceedings to suspend their medical licenses Tuesday

Related

Bucks don't have Antetokounmpo but still beat Clippers 113-106 for 6th straight victory

Damian Lillard scored 41 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo to rally past the Los Angeles Clippers 113-106 for their sixth straight victory

Clippers' Westbrook undergoes surgery on fractured hand and is listed as week to week

Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook has undergone surgery on his fractured left hand

New Jersey Devils fire coach Lindy Ruff, name Travis Green interim replacement

The New Jersey Devils have fired coach Lindy Ruff

Celtics streaking toward playoffs with another 50-point victory

Steve Kerr spoiled the Boston Celtics’ last, best chance at another NBA title

- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer