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

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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.

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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.

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)
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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