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Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Rajon Rondo with great tweet

Daryl Morey

Rajon Rondo unloaded on Chris Paul on Tuesday in the wake of both players being suspended for the fight they got into during Saturday night’s game, and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has seemingly come to the defense of his star point guard.

Rondo, who was accused of spitting at Paul before the two traded punches, told ESPN on Tuesday that he did not intentionally spit on Paul and was simply “exasperated” while trying to tell CP3 to get out of his face. He also said he’s not surprised that Paul got suspended for two games compared to Rondo’s three, as the Los Angeles Lakers guard said people have a false impression of the type of person Paul is.

“Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy,” Rondo said. “They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. … He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that.”

Not long after Rondo’s remarks were published, Morey posted a not-so-subtle message on Twitter.

The implication, obviously, is that Rondo is the pot calling the kettle black, or being a hypocrite. Rondo has been accused of being a difficult player for coaches and teammates to deal with, which is something we know Ray Allen would attest to.

For what it’s worth, one former player who played with both Paul and Rondo has sided with Rondo in the feud.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Report: Rajon Rondo will compete for Lakers’ point guard job

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Rajon Rondo will have the chance to start for the Los Angeles Lakers if he earns the role.

The Lakers raised eyebrows Monday by signing Rondo to a one-year deal, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, he’ll be given the opportunity to compete with Lonzo Ball for the starting point guard position.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne cautioned that the Rondo move should not be considered a sign of a lack of faith in Ball.

Clearly, the Lakers are immediately in win-now mode now that LeBron James is joining the team. That may mean Ball has to sit a while, though he may have other concerns at this time.

Draymond Green, Rajon Rondo in war of words after Game 3

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The Golden State Warriors-New Orleans Pelicans series is starting to heat up, as is the one-on-one rivalry between Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo.

Friday’s Game 3 saw Green and Rondo getting into it again and having to be separated. The two exchanged words after a whistle in the first quarter.

Then in the fourth quarter, Rondo was seen supposedly trying to trip Green as the two teams were retreating to their respective benches for a timeout.

After the game (which the Pelicans won 119-100 to make it a 2-1 series), Green scoffed at a reporter who implied he and Rondo were trying to bait each other.

“I get nothing out of trying to bait Rondo at anything,” said Green, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “That does nothing for me. Once again, when have I went up and tried to bait him? Y’all hate the storyline of someone trying to bait me, huh? I just gotta be involved like, ‘Oh, Draymond’s doing this.’

“At some point, somebody gotta tell the truth,” the reigning Defensive Player of the Year added. “It ain’t Draymond this time. I’ve baited a lot of guys, tried to bait a lot of guys. Succeeded quite a bit, sometimes failed. I ain’t trying to bait nobody…. Draymond ain’t trying to bait nobody.”

Rondo, for his part, later hit back at Green’s remarks, saying that he thought that the opposite was true and that he was not the one who was baiting Green.

Game 4 between the Pelicans and Warriors will take place on Sunday in New Orleans, and the friction between the two players will be worth keeping an eye on, especially since they already had another heated confrontation in Game 2.