The NBA has fined Nate McMillan $25,000 for detrimental comments asserting bias by the league. 

"Absolutely, I've talked about that to the team a lot," said McMillan. "Basically, I've gone as far as saying the league wants this. They need this, New York, this is a big market for the league, and New York has been out of the playoffs for a number of years.

"And this is a team that our league, they want to see—there's a huge fanbase—and they want to see New York in the playoffs."