Sure, your mom said always tell the truth. That's because she never worked in the NBA.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson does, and he paid the price for an honest answer.
Jackson was fined $75,000, and the Lakers were fined a separate $75,000, for making unauthorized comments about collective bargaining, according to sources. This after he was asked the other day about why he was choosing to retire at the end of the season, and he responded that mostly it had to do with the impending NBA lockout.
It's not like he was telling tales out of school. Everyone and their brother, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins knows there's going to be a lockout before next season. And there's a very real chance there won't be a season.
Jackson said as much, sounding very much like a man saying, "You know, I'm leaving because the sun's going to come up in the East tomorrow." But apparently honesty isn't the best policy in the NBA these days. It's a crime.