Lakers coach Walton fined for lashing out at official

By Alec Brzezinski 15 December 2016
Lakers coach Walton fined for lashing out at official

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been fined $15,000 for verbally berating officials against the Sacramento Kings, the NBA announced.

The first-year head coach was irate in the first quarter of Monday's 116-92 defeat when Julius Randle got tangled up with DeMarcus Cousins.

Walton felt his player drew a foul, but nothing was called.

As a result, Walton lost his cool and needed to be restrained by Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson. He was given a double-technical and ejected from the game.

The fine was due to Walton "verbally abusing a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection," the NBA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Lakers are currently 10-17, which is 10th in the Western Conference standings.

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