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Rose Fined $25K for Criticizing Refs

Fine is Rose's first in his four-year NBA career

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Bulls superstar Derrick Rose's criticism of the referees in Monday night's game against the New York Knicks is going to cost him.

    The NBA on Tuesday fined the MVP $25,000 for the public comments. It's the first league-issued fine of his four-year career.

    Rose had 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Bulls beat New York 104-99 on Monday night for their 10th win in 11 games and sending the reeling Knicks to their sixth straight loss. He had to work for his points, shooting 12 for 29 from the floor and absorbing contact from Knicks defenders all night.

    "I've got to be the only the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now," Rose said after the game. "Can't say too much about it."

    Asked about the comments Tuesday, Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is "very respectful about making his points."

    "He’s not a complainer," Thibodeau said of Rose. "Usually if he says something, he has a point he wants to make. He was driving the ball pretty hard and didn’t get calls. So he wanted to make a point."