“In a sharp departure from past practice, the NBA fined Budenholzer instead of imposing a suspension,” the refs union said in a statement. Added NBRA general counsel Lee Seham in a statement, “Recent league precedent dictated a coach who aggressively charged onto the floor … and physically interfered with a referee would be suspended. We are now operating at a lower level with less transparency, degraded safety and diminished respect for the game. Coaches should compete by creating better teams, not by physically intimidating officials.” Popovich responded to those statements by saying, “I think it’s just a case of an anonymous suit trying to gain 15 minutes of stardom more than anything. It’s comical … A lot of people trying to get famous on Twitter. And I guess this particular suit is one of them.”