SAN ANTONIO – Golden State head coach Steve Kerr took to Twitter to share his frustration about the way NBA referees were officiating James Harden during Thursday night’s Spurs-Rockets game.
Kerr’s tweet came after Harden made a 3-point shot that gave the Rockets a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Harden appeared to travel on the play.
The NBA posted the play on its Twitter account and Kerr replied on his verified account: “It’s an embarrassment. I think the league is so happy with all the scoring that it doesn’t want to enforce stuff like that.”
Kerr’s tweet was quickly deleted, but caught on a screen grab by another Twitter user.
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The NBA fines coaches and players for comments that criticize officials. There has been no word if Kerr would be fined.
The Spurs lost to Houston, 102-91, to fall to 34-20 on the season.
3:30 P.M. UPDATE: Steve Kerr has responded to the James Harden-Twitter controversy.
According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Kerr said he meant for the tweet to be a direct message. Via Chris Haynes:
Steve Kerr on his tweet referencing James Harden. He said it was meant to be a DM. pic.twitter.com/odcZsOsowx
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 2, 2018
I hit send and I was like ‘OH NO.’ I went right over to [player development coach] Chris DeMarco because I don’t know how to delete a tweet, I rarely even send a tweet, let alone delete one. So I gave it to DeMarco, and he deletes it maybe after 30 seconds.
“I asked him, ‘What do you think? Am I gonna get away with it?’ He goes, ‘Hell no.’ ... Fortunately, it wasn’t anything too damning.”