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Friday, January 18, 2019

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NBA decides on suspensions for Lakers-Rockets fight

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The NBA has decided on the punishments for the players involved in Saturday night’s fight between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Brandon Ingram will be suspended four games, Rajon Rondo three, and Chris Paul two games for their roles in the fight.

The fight occurred in the fourth quarter after James Harden rammed into Ingram, leading Ingram to respond with a shove. Rondo and Paul then got into it, with CP3 thinking Rondo spit on him, leading him to put his hand in Rondo’s face. Rondo responded by throwing punches. Paul threw a few. Then Ingram came in out of nowhere and threw a punch as well.

NBA official Kiki VanDeWeghe was in attendance for the game and witnessed the incident. He is the one who handles league discipline for such matters.

The suspension lengths send a message that the league feels Rondo instigated, but Paul still deserved discipline for engaging and throwing punches. Ingram is being hit the hardest because his involvement in the fight was so out of place and his actions were the most aggressive and unnecessary.

Video appears to show Rajon Rondo spit at Chris Paul

The NBA is in the process of determining what the appropriate punishment should be for those involved in the fight between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets on Saturday, and some video evidence that has emerged is not going to help Rajon Rondo.

After Rondo got into a confrontation with Chris Paul, CP3 claimed what sparked the whole thing was Rondo spitting in his face. While the live broadcast did not appear to show that, a slow motion replay that the Rockets have sent to the NBA league offices indicates Paul was telling the truth.

The Lakers reportedly took Rondo’s side, claiming that it would be almost impossible for him to spit on an opponent since he wears a mouthguard. Based on what that close-up shows, it looks like he figured it out.

If Rondo is suspended for his role in the incident, it would not be the first time he was suspended by the NBA. He was banned earlier in his career for hurling an inappropriate slur at an official, and the league could take that into consideration when determining his punishment for Saturday night’s feud.

Report: Rajon Rondo family member confronted Chris Paul’s wife after brawl

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The beef between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul apparently got even more personal after their actual physical altercation on Saturday night.

The two veteran point guards traded a number of punches during the Houston Rockets’ 124-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center following a fourth-quarter incident where Rondo allegedly spit at Paul. The incident led to both players (along with Brandon Ingram, who also threw punches) being ejected. Suspensions may possibly be incoming as well.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that a member of Rondo’s family also confronted Paul’s wife, Jada, in the wake of the brawl.

This was corroborated by the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, who noted that the Rondo family member made “inappropriate” comments to Paul’s wife.

The two guards are certainly no strangers to altercations with other players, but Saturday night’s incident was a whole new level of ugly, especially since it escalated to the point of their families getting involved too.

Chris Paul says he was spit on by Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul is not known for getting into physical fights on the court, so you know something had to be different about Saturday’s incident to set him off. And we know what it was.

Paul claims that he was spit on by Rajon Rondo. CP3 feeling spit on led him to stick his hand in Rondo’s face, leading to a punch from Rondo that set off counter-punches from Paul and a flying punch from Brandon Ingram.

This close-up seems to show Paul closing his eyes, as if he were spit on.

Many Rockets backed up Paul after the game, saying he was spit on.

The NBA reviewed video and did not find evidence Rondo spit on CP3. It’s possible that some spit ended up on CP3 during the heat of the moment, but there did not seem to be an intentional spit. The lack of evidence of a clear spit from Rondo could be a factor in the evaluation of penalties handed out.

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram ejected for throwing punches in fight

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram were all ejected from Saturday night’s Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers game after throwing punches during a fight in the fourth quarter.

The incident began when James Harden bowled into Ingram as he was going to the basket. Ingram shoved Harden as the Rockets guard was complaining to the referee.

Then CP3 and Rondo got into it, with Rondo throwing the first punch and CP3 responding with a punch of his own. Ingram then came in and threw a punch as well.

All three players should expect to be suspended by the NBA for their inappropriate violence.

Rajon Rondo helped arena workers roll beer kegs

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo showed off his neighborly side before the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

According to ESPN reporter Nick Friedell, Rondo helped some T-Mobile Arena workers roll beer kegs before going into the Lakers’ locker room.

The atmosphere is lighter before preseason games compared to regular season ones, but it’s still pretty cool for Rondo to help out some workers like that. “Playoff Rondo” probably would have been a little too focused on the game to worry about such things.

LaVar Ball: Rajon Rondo will be ‘backup’ to Lonzo Ball

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The Los Angeles Lakers have bolstered their backcourt by agreeing to a deal with Rajon Rondo, and there has been some talk that he could potentially start over Lonzo Ball in the wake of Ball’s lackluster rookie season. You can probably guess how Ball’s father, LaVar, feels about that.

During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, LaVar Ball was asked if he was concerned about a potential competition for the starting point guard job between Lonzo and Rondo. The elder Ball subtly referred to Rondo as a “backup.”

“That don’t mean nothing,” Ball said. “(Lonzo) just got another teammate. Another teammate, that’s all. A little backup, that’s good. I never worry about competition because I know my boys are better than that.”

Lonzo Ball averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists per game during his rookie season. He’s dealing with a torn meniscus this offseason, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp. While he still has the upper-hand in any potential competition for obvious reasons, there have been reports that Rondo has been told he could earn the starting job.

LaVar Ball has always been loud and proud when it comes to his kids, and he’s not going to change that for Rondo or anyone else. But if LeBron wants Rondo to start and Rondo looks better than Lonzo throughout the summer, the Lakers will have a tough decision to make.