Atlanta Hawks: Danny Ferry fined $15,000 by NBA

Vivlamore reporting.

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was fined $15,000 by the NBA Monday for ‘inappropriate interaction’ with the game officials following Saturday’s loss to the Celtics.

The league did not reveal the reason for the penalty.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Ferry handed game officials a DVD following the 89-81 loss at Philips Arena.

As reported on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s web site following the game, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo made contact with game official Rodney Mott after being called for a charge with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter. Video of the incident was also detailed on NBA TV. Rondo lowered his shoulder while driving to the basket and collided with Hawks forward Josh Smith.

Rondo was not ejected for making contact with Mott. However, the league suspended Rondo for one game Monday for the incident and for a failure to cooperate with the league investigation. He will not play in Monday’s game against the Knicks.

It’s not the first time Rondo has made contact with an official in Atlanta. He was suspended for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season between the Hawks and Celtics. Rondo chest bumped referee Marc Davis with 41 seconds remaining in a Game 1 loss, earning a second technical foul and an ejection.

- Chris Vivlamore

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High-sider

January 7th, 2013
4:40 pm

High-sider

January 7th, 2013
4:41 pm

High-sider

January 7th, 2013
4:44 pm

Rondo (is) “slam-dancin’” with the refs again.

Grandmaster JeJe

January 7th, 2013
4:46 pm

Suspend KG too. Intentionally tried to kick ZaZa. Just as bad as elbowing and what Wade did

Hawk Man

January 7th, 2013
4:48 pm

The final score of the game was 89-81, not 98-91

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 7th, 2013
4:49 pm

This fine is more than Sund ever did for this team. Finally we have a GM who ACTUALLY CARES

Astro Joe

January 7th, 2013
4:53 pm

Good for Danny Ferry. Dude had a copy of the video footage ready before the game ended. He probably handed it them and said “BAM”.

Film everything. Just like the New England Patriots. :lol:

wordsmithtom

January 7th, 2013
4:55 pm

Let’s see if I understand….it’s inappropriate for a GM to defend his players against thuggish behavior? The league doesn’t want its favorites sh*t exposed. Well it is and it stinks and the league stinks. Bravo Ferry for standing up to this league backed gansterism.

wordsmithtom

January 7th, 2013
4:55 pm

Let’s see if I understand….it’s inappropriate for a GM to defend his players against thuggish behavior? The league doesn’t want its favorites sh*t exposed. Well it is and it stinks and the league stinks. Bravo Ferry for standing up to this league backed gansterism.

wordsmithtom

January 7th, 2013
4:56 pm

Didn’t mean to post it twice, but maybe it should be. The league needs a house cleaning.

O'Brien

January 7th, 2013
4:57 pm

I like what I have seen from DF. Does Rick Sund know how to operate a DVD player :smile:

AJ,

And since Dwight seems concerned about team chemistry, he would fit in well with the Hawks, since we have guys who hang out together after work :twisted:

Rev in Tampa

January 7th, 2013
4:57 pm

I hope the Hawks organization will be classy enough to pay Ferry’s fine because he did the right thing.

SWAT Native

January 7th, 2013
5:00 pm

Way to go, Danny! Hopefully, the DVD included some of the other questionable calls, too.

Rev in Tampa

January 7th, 2013
5:01 pm

So it’s not certain that it contained Rondo’s bump. It could have been that play when Josh was mugged three times on his way to the basket. It was an aggregeous no-call.

Astro Joe

January 7th, 2013
5:04 pm

OB, yeah. Who wants the pressure of winning titles when you can bask in the adoration of hometown fans? The honeymoon with the Lakers new roster ended in what, 5 games? Then they fired Brown. In Atlanta, the on-court results would be secondary to being at the EVENT for at least a good 60 home games. Then, someone might notice the on-court results.

Astro Joe

January 7th, 2013
5:12 pm

While I FULLY support Ferry’s efforts to share the film evidence with the officials, this will no doubt add some fuel to the next Celtics- Hawks game. It isn’t as if Ferry was protecting his players, he was essentially trying to get their player in trouble… and it worked! Surely, Doc Rivers will look to exploit that during the next game with the Hawks. LD needs to plan to start Ivan and keep him on the floor for 58 minutes (instead of going to the lockerroom for halftime, Ivan will stay on the court and just dare a Celtic to even look his way). :twisted:

W.R.Terrell

January 7th, 2013
5:14 pm

DF fighting for the troops. The HAWKS finally have a General manager that is organization and team oriented. He will do quite well for the HAWKS. He is the one who will bring championship quality B. Ball to Atlanta. LD was to scared to take a technical. GO DF!!!!!!!!

High-sider

January 7th, 2013
5:52 pm

@Grandad

“One last item:
about context and staying within;
when I speak of KKorv or Cap`n Kirk defensively
I always reference their positioning within the team concept.
From a coaches eyes these traits are invaluable.” – Grandad @4:03pm, 1/7/2012 (FTPB)

You seem to always focus on (Kirk) Hinrich’s and (Kyle) Korver’s defensive fundamentals (e.g., positioning, stance, etc). Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford have “natural” athleticism that you can’t coach or teach. Where was Korver’s (defensive) positioning on Paul Pierce in the 3rd quarter of Friday night’s game when Pierce “went off” for 17 (3rd quarter) points? You do realize that Korver fouled out (essentially) guarding Pierce – right? I hope you also realize that to a “certain extent” athleticism “trumps” fundamentals (in the NBA). Because of their athleticism, Jamal Crawford and Josh Smith can perform/exhibit “certain” (offensive and defensive) maneuvers, feats, movements and/or plays that you just can’t “coach.”

“We (bloggers)” know (and understand) why you seem to always “point out” (or highlight) Korver’s and Hinrich’s (perceived) “fundamental astuteness” and “high BBIQ.”

BTW, where was Hinrich’s (defensive) positioning in the (video) clip/link provided below?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crs-QT1DERo

Slimjr

January 7th, 2013
6:07 pm

Ouch Hs. That crossover was sick!

From Hinrich’s point of view JC1’s whole body disappeared right in front of him!…. Day yum

Vesper

January 7th, 2013
6:11 pm

It was probably a DVD of bias foul calls in that game.

tony

January 7th, 2013
6:15 pm

Just an example of how much Danny Ferry cares about the city of Atlanta and the atlanta hawks. Arthur Blank and Danny Ferry are the only sports business people in the state of ga who have expressed their appreciation to the fans by making it a priority to win championships.

Rod from College Park

January 7th, 2013
6:15 pm

“We (bloggers)” know (and understand) why you seem to always “point out” (or highlight) Korver’s and Hinrich’s (perceived) “fundamental astuteness” and “high BBIQ.”

“We” Bloggers surely do. LOL. I can debate with bloggers all day about the bad things Josh does offensively, but defensively calling him out, while promoting the greatness of Kyle Korver and Kirk Hinrich because of high baskeball IQ does not sit well with me.

SteveW

January 7th, 2013
6:17 pm

Tough about d12 and the torn labrum. That recovery time can be 2-3 weeks up to 4 months. And it never heals completely without surgery. Tough break

Josh harrellson anyone? So we can then start ZaZa fulltime. Hawks need too

Slimjr

January 7th, 2013
6:18 pm

Hey Danny instead of focusing on the refs, why not focus on your teams short comings and bring in some help?

What a novel idea for an General Manager? Hmmmmm

You need a post presence yesterday! The Hawks ran 3 post plays all night according to Synergy?

Your team should have lost..

SteveW

January 7th, 2013
6:18 pm

Harrellson was waived

Rod from College Park

January 7th, 2013
6:19 pm

Grandad,

I also understood exactly what you were doing and took it with a grain of salt. MsDee was the one who said just like GRANDAD said, like that gives it some validity, which is why I included you in my rebuttal. Your feelings are you feelings and you have the right to them, but when you are being biased, which is most of the time, I have the right to call you on it. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your Al Horford breakdown.

Rod from College Park

January 7th, 2013
6:20 pm

3 post plays. SMH

SteveW

January 7th, 2013
6:21 pm

Slim – The trades may not be opened up yet. And Kyle Korver is not an nba starter we know. But patience is a virtue in this case. Cassipi may want a trade from the Cavs they say. But he, mcguire etc i don’t think are our answer.

And can’t trade Devin or morrow too readily if their injured

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ferry “handed game officials a DVD” citing “a person familiar with the situation.” Presumably, the DVD of the game was delivered as a passive-aggressive commentary on the quality of the officiating. [...]

KevinM

January 7th, 2013
6:33 pm

SteveW, I was asking DF to go get Harrelson after the Knicks let him go.
He would get as many rebounds as Al if he got the minutes Al was getting and he’s nowhere near the cost of our 2X all-star.

And is it coincidence that D12 yet again has another major injury when things aren’t going so well?

Supreme Grand Poobah

January 7th, 2013
6:39 pm

Go Mr. 4 of 18 and his “athletic ability.”

Astro Joe

January 7th, 2013
6:44 pm

Kevin, so I guess he would get far more boards than Josh, considering Al is the team’s leading rebounder.

I wouldn’t count on Ferry using that last roster spot until after the trade deadline. I’m sure that he wants to maintain the ultimate flexibility in this transition year to add long-term assets to the team. The chances that a player cut in the last few days would make a material difference in this franchise’s future is pretty slim to null.

Rod from College Park

January 7th, 2013
6:46 pm

Mr. Ferry,

I personally would like to thank you for stepping up and calling out the officials for this team. If you think that game was bad, you should go back and look at the playoff series last year. While our team does not play smart basketball in crucial situations, we come out of the wrong side of calls by refs too frequently. It would also help if you informed your coach to stand up for his players sometimes. While I understand the “It was not the refs who cost us the game” statements after every bad call, someone has to stand up and get this team some respect. Josh and Al were fouled numerous times down the stretch of that game, with no calls. True Hawks fans appreciate someone stepping up.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 7th, 2013
6:52 pm

This offseason coming up Ferry will put his stamp on the franchise. Al and Josh could both be gone. New coach. New players

Can’t wait

Felix

January 7th, 2013
6:54 pm

I wish Frank Wren and Fredi G. stood up for the Braves the way Ferry does for the Hawks!

MattP

January 7th, 2013
7:00 pm

Glad to see a GM in here that actually does something about these stupid refs.

Sameba

January 7th, 2013
7:03 pm

Sameba

January 7th, 2013
7:06 pm

Rudy G. may be available too. I believe we should go hard after him. I think he is a crucial peace to our puzzle…

Sameba

January 7th, 2013
7:06 pm

Sameba

January 7th, 2013
7:09 pm

Blog monster does not allow me to post a link. What a stupidity…

Astro Joe

January 7th, 2013
7:14 pm

Rudy G@y is an inefficient max player who averages around 19 points, is an average rebounder and defender and doesn’t do much else to help his team win. And he would put the Hawks right back in the salary cap prison Ferry just removed us from. Other than that, he would bring excitement to the team and would be a clear (but costly) upgrade at SF.

keith

January 7th, 2013
7:19 pm

KUDOS for his Great Leadership..He can probably suit up right now and out score our Bigs. Danny was an excellent 3 point shooter!!!

Honesty

January 7th, 2013
7:19 pm

I Love Danny Ferry!!! Coolest GM Ever!

Grandad

January 7th, 2013
7:20 pm

* Reprinted from the last blog – for all to see !
_____________________________________________

Rod f C.P.

In my estimation – you got what you asked for last eve.

You called me out as being bias … so as stated in that
*’`Blast`’*
against Josh last eve I poured it on.

In doing so:
Tell me one thing I said that was not factual !

You say:
” Quoting GRANDAD really gets you no credit.
The guy bashes Josh at every occasion,
and even has the nerve to talk about how terrible he is defensively ”

-typical of you to take out of context-

I inferred prior to that post;
it was going to be “negative” … (on purpose) … yet truthful.

I have always stated that I like Josh;
further;
that he confounds me.

I have stated on many occasions that he plays hard;
contrasting Josh to JJohnson in that regard.
-Yet-
you say that I consistently bash Josh.

I say that what I do is attempt to balance the negativity
on this blog about Al when mis-information [&/or] sarcasm
is spewed forth. e g ::
*sarcastic … all-star Al
*escort service
*diaperAl or whatever vava used to call him
*etc

Yes, I`ll admit to frustration from Josh – warranted.

In an attempt to balance I`ll come back with a similar critique
of Al at some point although not as scathing admittedly so.

One last item:
about context and staying within;
when I speak of KKorv or Cap`n Kirk defensively
I always reference their positioning within the team concept.
From a coaches eyes these traits are invaluable.

You sir, see basketball purely from a fans perspective.
Highlight reel dunks, spectacular blocks and so on & on we go.
There is much, much more to Winning, Championship Basketball
than the entertainment aspect [r e; Stern product].

Case in point:
LBJ – whom I personnally do not like as an individual,
-However-
I can appreciate LBJ from a perspective which you
would never observe.

Last yr LBJ was roundly criticized for passing up the final,
perhaps [winning] shot in some game or another.
On 2nd glance LBJ made the absolute correct basketball play.
This young man [LBJ] has grown by leaps and bounds in maturity
in just the last two yrs.

Why should I bring up LeBron while discussing Josh ?
-Maybe-
`tis because the light came on for LeBron;
therefore I draw a correlation.
In my humble judgement, Josh has passed the day when
his light will come on.

Rod:
read my words if you choose;
please discern my words accordingly,
but do not change my words.

With all due respect,
G`Dad

High-sider

January 7th, 2013
7:22 pm

^Correction: ” Grandad @4:03pm, 1/7/2013* (FTPB)

Rusty

January 7th, 2013
7:24 pm

Rod from College Park I have said it before you are my favorite blogger 99 % of what you say makes you look very knowledgeable.

smittyderf

January 7th, 2013
7:27 pm

It truly amazes me that so many of the ” true fans” on this site don’t get it about basketball teams. Horford is the kind of player who will play whatever role you give him. He showed this at UF, where he also won championships. Josh Smith came out of High School spoiled and immature, lacking fundamentals, but incredibly athletic drawing lots of comparisons to Dominique who like Smith, never won a championship. Drew won’t discipline his play which may end up costing Drew his job under a GM like Ferry seems to be. Smithlead

smittyderf

January 7th, 2013
7:29 pm

Smith leads the team in highlight blocked shots but also in turnovers(more than the point guard,incredibly) and in missed 3 pt attempts(why?)

Rusty

January 7th, 2013
7:29 pm

DF if you really want to help the hawks you need to get us a new coach.LD was a lot more responsible for the loss with his lousy coaching than all the players put together ,just like our playoff lost to the celts last year.

Duluth Joe

January 7th, 2013
7:33 pm

From two Blogs ago (Hard to keep up with Chris Vivlamore),

“The Mavericks have a high-profile, “hands-on” owner in Mark Cuban, a hard-nosed, former COY and superior strategist in Rick Carlisle, a former league MVP, Finals MVP and future HOFer in Dirk Nowitzki and “ch’ip” (championship) hardware (2011 NBA Championship) to “keep Cousins under control” and “in line.”

Highsider, No doubt Mark Cuban is a great owner. Even though he made a mistake by letting his “LEADER” (Tyson Chandler) and h is spark plug (Jason Terry) leave. Our ownership doesn’t rank close to Mark Cuban, but with addition of Ferry and ASG stepping back, I can argue there is a basketball man in charge of operations as opposed to a former internet kid who got lucky selling his company at the right time :)

As for Rick Carlisle, how do you think Cousins takes to this style? (see link below)
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/rick-carlisle-threatens-suspensions-slumping-dallas-mavericks-don-193040252–nba.html

Finally, Dirk is a Hall of Famer. No question. But who do you think Cousins would enjoy playing more with? A man with a heart (Josh Smith), a defensive one of a kind who complements him, or a declining aging Hall of Famer that shoots from outside and could never without the leader (TysonChandler) that the great owner let slip through his fingers?

As for past championships, I doubt that will sway Cousins one way or other