O’Neal cursed during a live postgame television interview Sunday for the second time this season. No decision was handed down on Monday, but it’s very likely he’ll get fined and maybe even suspended.
On Feb. 1 in Toronto, he used two profanities while criticizing the referees in a postgame interview with a Los Angeles TV station. O’Neal later issued a statement of apology, but was suspended without pay for one game.
O’Neal fought foul trouble throughout the Lakers’ 102-85 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, finishing with just 10 points and five rebounds. A group interview session in the Lakers’ locker room was breaking up when O’Neal made a profane response to a final question, asking him to clarify an earlier statement about the Kings’ play.
“Not impressed, not impressed,” he said. “Not (expletive) impressed, you know what I mean?”
At least one TV station was showing the interview live.
Los Angeles, which concludes the regular season with a road game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, is in fourth place in the Western Conference.
Although they will miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season, the Warriors continue to play hard, winning three of their last five.
Jason Richardson had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the Warriors staged a furious rally in the final five minutes to end a 20-game losing streak to Dallas, defeating the Mavericks 108-107 on Sunday.
“When you play hard, great things happen for you,” Warriors guard Speedy Claxton said.
Golden State got 19 points and nine assists from Claxton, 17 points and eight boards from Brian Cardinal and 16 points from Troy Murphy before he left with what later was diagnosed as a right lung contusion. Murphy’s status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.