Clippers' Paul George fined $35K for 'home cooking' criticism

Cassandra Negley

The NBA levied a $35,000 against Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George on Thursday for his “home cooking” comments after Tuesday night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

George voiced disappointment after the 110-103 loss in Philly. He went 3 for 15, his second-worst shooting performance of the season, but directed his frustration at the officials.

“I thought we played well, we lost by seven,” George told reporters. “There was some home-court cooking tonight, to say the least."

"I mean, it was 19 [fouls] to 11," he added. "You all figure out what those numbers are. It was 19 to 11."

The 76ers are 25-2 at home and 9-19 away. (For reference, the Clippers are 22-5 at home.) It was the fewest fouls called against a Clippers opponent all season, per NBC Sports.

George violated the rule prohibiting public criticism of officials. He must have known a big fine was coming since he’s uttered the exact same phrase before. During the 2014 playoffs, while with the Indiana Pacers, George made a similar remark to playing well against the Miami Heat before going deeper:

"I mean, you can't tell me we don't attack the basket as much as they attack the basket," George said. "You can't tell me we're not aggressive. Maybe we're too aggressive. But I feel like we're just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking."

He was fined $25,000 for the remarks. The increased fine this time around reflects the prior violation, NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe told ESPN.

Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Paul George is paying another fine for the 'home cooking' remark he likes to use. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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