It was the opinion of the league office that all three players should be suspended for their role in a fight that took place on Saturday night between the Rockets and the Lakers at Staples Center. The fight, which saw fists flying between LA's Rajon Rondo and Houston's Chris Paul, erupted in the 4:13 mark of the fourth quarter with the Rockets nursing a 109-108 lead.
All three players threw punches during the fight. We can only guess that the Chili Peppers frontman said something along the lines of "suck my kiss" or "what I've got you've got to give it to your mama". I understand he gets maybe one (game). "That doesn't seem to be right". It was later claimed by Paul that the initial fracas began after Rondo spit in his face.
You know who did like the whole thing, though?
Paul and Rondo were the main combatants trading blows after Paul stuck his finger in Rondo's face and pushed him hard.
"What is he supposed to do?" Paul threw a punch, so he will be suspended as well, but he threw a punch in response to Rondo spitting on him, which is at least partly justified.
"In the heat of the moment when somebody does that, that's tough, that's really tough", D'Antoni said.
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It all started after Brandon Ingram, who is usually a mild-mannered player, shoved James Harden from the behind for no apparent reason.
Harden, for his part, said of the suspensions and fines handed down by the league: "It is what it is".
National Basketball Association vice president Kiki Vandeweghe, the man in charge of handling these kinds of punishments, was in attendance at Staples Center witnessing everything first-hand. That's blatant disrespect. You don't do that.
Ingram's suspension is the most for an on-court incident since Metta World Peace levelled James Harden in a game at Staples Center in April 2012.
"We have so few of these and we're very lucky in that regard, " VanDeWeghe said. And believe me, four games is a lot. Rondo could get a two-game suspension instead of one, which Paul and Brandon Ingram will most likely get.