Wednesday, December 8, 2021

WATCH Rajon Rondo Punch Chris Paul in Near Brawl at Staples Center – VIDEO

rajon rondo & chris paul

*Can we all just get along? If you’re the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets, the answer is hell-to-tha-naw! It was damn near basket-brawl time Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Via Yahoo Sports, here’s what went down:

Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul are two of the NBA’s prickliest point guards, and the pair got into it Saturday night at Staples Center.

In LeBron James‘ first regular-season game in Los Angeles as a Laker, Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden after the reigning MVP argued a foul call. Rondo and Paul started to argue, and Rondo punched his counterpart after the Rocketspoint guard put his hands in Rondo’s face.

What initially set Paul off? The point guard told ESPN that Rondo spit in his face, per ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, while Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni said “some spit was thrown.”

No matter the cause, and despite the fact that Rondo’s biggest games in the building came as a member of the Boston Celtics, the 32-year-old won over his new crowd on his Lakers home debut.

If you had said, a decade ago, that Staples Center would have earnestly chanted Rajon Rondo’s name, I would have laughed you and your time machine out of the room.  Welcome to 2018, I guess.

It’s safe to say the NBA didn’t enjoy the display nearly as much as the crowd in Los Angeles. The league could hand down discipline very soon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

To add insult to potential supplemental discipline for Rondo, Paul got the last laugh. His Rockets won the game 124-115.

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