Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has been suspended four games, Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended three games, and Rockets guard Chris Paul has been suspended two games (all without pay) for their roles in an on-court skirmish n the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 124-115 win over the Lakers on Saturday.
Saturday night featured LeBron James’s home opener with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that spotlight was ultimately stolen by both Chris Paul and former Kentucky Wildcats guard Rajon Rondo.
Paul and Rondo have reportedly feuded for roughly a decade, dating back to Rondo’s time with the Boston Celtics.
Paul claimed that Rondo spat in his face, leading to Paul gouging for Rondo’s left eye. Rondo, who has the reputation as one of the tougher guards in the Association, preceded with a left hook that fully connected with Paul’s jaw.
The two exchanged multiple blows before James and other players broke up the altercation.
Rondo and the Lakers have denied the spitting claim, but this video appears to suggest otherwise:
This is one of the pieces of video the Rockets are sending the league office as the NBA investigates last night's fight at Staples Center and determines discipline. pic.twitter.com/YKw7JF13cP— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 21, 2018
Former Duke Blue Devils star Brandon Ingram also landed a few blows, of which will result in likely suspensions for all three.
On the other side of the continent and much earlier in the night, New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox left the game against the Celtics in the first quarter with a left ankle injury. Though the x-rays came back negative, the injury appeared rather gruesome and ultimately held him out for the rest of the contest.
Knox is reportedly expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to the injury of which kept him from walking off under his own power.
We’re just one week into the NBA season and two former Wildcats, while for different reasons, are expected to miss some time.
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