Multiple suspensions from Lakers-Rockets scuffle

Multiple suspensions from Lakers-Rockets scuffle

Multiple suspensions from Lakers-Rockets scuffle

The NBA announced on Sunday that Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and guard Rajon Rondo were suspended four games and three games, respectively, and will miss the game against the Suns on Wednesday. LeBron James advertisements were everywhere, broadcast networks had "LeBron's home debut with Lakers" on the bottom of the screen for days and their opponent, the Houston Rockets, was a game away from defeating the Warriors dynasty last postseason. But any time the president of the National Basketball Players Association is involved in this kind of incident, it's a bad look all around.

Now we await suspensions, which likely will come later Sunday since the Rockets play the Clippers on the same Staples Center floor. Rondo will be docked a total of US$186,207, while Ingram's total is US$158,816. The NBA's announcement confirmed Rondo's unsanitary act, but his suspension only will sideline him until this Saturday, while Ingram won't return until Monday. Paul, incensed, responded with a finger in Rondo's just before punches were exchanged.

The league also concluded that Rondo did spit at Paul, which prompted Paul to poking him in the face. During their clash, Harden was charged with an offensive foul which Ingram didn't take well.

The video shows Rondo blow saliva in Paul's face.

"In the heat of the moment when somebody does that, that's tough, that's really tough", D'Antoni said.
That's blatant disrespect. You don't do that.

"We try to judge each one of these [incidents] on the merits: who does what, who instigates, how unsafe the situation becomes and is", VanDeWeghe said.

Saturday's on-court incident resulted in the suspensions of both players as well as Rondo's teammate, Brandon Ingram. Paul alleges Rondo spit in his face which forced Paul to stick a hand in Rondo's. He called Rondo's spitting "pretty disgusting".

"Rajon has his own view of what happened", VanDeWeghe said.

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