Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul and his Los Angeles Lakers counterpart Rajon Rondo weren't the only ones to get ejected after Saturday's on-court brawl: Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis was also booted from the Staples Center.
Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden, which itself wasn't that outrageous, but shortly after that, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul started throwing punches at each other, a fight that began after Rondo spit on Paul. The NBA handed down the punishments a day after the skirmish in the fourth quarter at Staples Center.
Paul could be seen pressing his fingers into Rondo's face before Rondo threw a punch at him, leading to a scuffle where Ingram also threw a punch at Paul. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James signed with the Lakers three months ago after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to four straight NBA final appearances, including their first championship in 2016.
That is compared to Ingram's $158,817 penalty and the financial hit that Rondo will take, $186,207.
As USA Today Sports notes, the match between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets was a rather controversial one from the get-go. Rondo and Paul started exchanging words, with Paul reaching out to poke Rondo. "I don't know how to decide how many games". Rondo received three games for spitting on Paul and landing punches.
"In the heat of the moment, when somebody does that, that's tough".
"(We are) sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this. It was a back-and-forth affair that the Rockets won, 124-115, and then Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden after the latter caused a foul call on Ingram, something not expected from the usually mild mannered Laker.
One major difficulty in losing Ingram and Rondo is the playmaking factor. Ingram then came flying in and punched Paul in the back of the head.
VanDeWeghe clearly indicated that Rondo did not acknowledge spitting on Paul.
The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension. "I just hope they accept me for who I am as a basketball player, especially as a person".