Nets GM Sean Marks fined, suspended after post-game confrontation with refs

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Blake Schuster
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It was all good just a week ago in Brooklyn.

The Nets had stunned the Philadelphia 76ers with a 111-102 Game 1 victory and had somehow made Jared Dudley the face of frustration for Philly.

Four games later the Nets are down 3-1 in the series, Dudley is being trolled by the Sixers as a “nobody” and now this: Nets general manager Sean Marks has been fined $25,000 and suspended one game for barging into the referee locker room after tensions boiled over in Game 4.

The one-game suspension seems more symbolic than anything here — what can Marks do from the owner’s box that he can’t already do away from the arena? — but the point remains that the NBA isn’t going to tolerate players or team leaders going after the officials. Especially in the playoffs.

Brooklyn has a lot to feel good about this season. If the way things are trending heading into Game 5 are any indication, the way the season ends won’t be one of the reasons to smile when the Nets look back on the year.

That being said, a rivalry between Brooklyn and Philly carrying over to next season wouldn’t be the worst outcome here.

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 22: General Manager Sean Marks of the Brooklyn Nets speaks at the Post NBA Draft press conference with Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs on June 22, 2018 at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nets General Manager Sean Marks of the Brooklyn Nets will have to watch Game 5 from home while serving a one-game suspension for entering the referee's locker room after Game 4. (Getty Images)

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