The first regular season home game for former Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James on Saturday night was marred by a fourth-quarter brawl between Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul. The NBA is planning to render its discipline on Sunday prior to the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center, sources said. The 20-year-old point guard will likely take the starting role again as Rondo serves a three-game suspension without pay.
After the Rockets defeated the Lakers 124-115, Paul reportedly told teammates in the locker room that someone close to Rondo made "inappropriate" comments to Paul's wife, Jada. Here's how the Lakers can cope with the loss of Ingram and Rondo for these games.
James said his focus was on the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.
Ingram looked childish for shoving James Harden, but his punch came after Rondo got Paul wound up by spitting on him.
That sparked a fracas that saw Rondo connect with a punch to Paul's face after Paul had poked a finger in Rondo's face.More news: Kate Upton Rips MLB, Umpires for Questionable Call in Astros Game
Rondo does appear to spit, and while it is possible that it was simply an accident caused by speaking while wearing a mouthguard, the way his lips purse makes that seem unlikely.
Now, LeBron James is an NBA superstar (four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist), a philanthropist, an activist, a businessman and so much more. Not in sports, in the streets, that's blatant disrespect. "It's a lot monetarily for the player, [and] it hurts the team".
While Nipsey Hussle and Travis Scott were both quick to get up out of their seats and throw a few verbals in the direction of the players fighting, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis went one step further.
Now, the question becomes whether or not Rondo did, indeed, spit in Paul's face. "We'll be fine. I just don't think it's equitable".