Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is having a hard time comprehending why the National Basketball Association handed down a multiple-game suspension to point guard Chris Paul for his role in Saturday's brawl at Staples Center.
The NBA has yet to hand down discipline for the three players, but suspensions seem to be in order. Ingram got just four games for his initial instigation and giant, loping punch toward Paul. The Lakers play San Antonio on Monday. Paul and Rondo then exchanged punches, which led the teams to swarm. World Peace elbowed Harden, who was then playing for Oklahoma City, in a game also at Staples Centre, to earn that penalty.
Paul wasn't through with L.A. after Rondo spit on his cheek and repeatedly punched him in the face, because Kiedis gave the Rockets star the verbal equivalent on his way out of Staples Center.
"I don't know, I might rest him (on a) back-to-back", D'Antoni said.
Injury Report Lakers: Brandon Ingram (suspension), Rajon Rondo (suspension) and Moe Wagner (left knee contusion) are out.
The video appears to put Rondo in the position of having to make a case that the spitting was unintentional, sources said.
The extraordinary scenes overshadowed LeBron James's home debut with the Lakers, which ended in a 124-115 Rockets victory. That's blatant disrespect. You don't do that.
Anthony, who tried to play peacemaker this time around for the Rockets, is probably wondering if he can call Vandeweghe and commissioner Adam Silver about recouping some of those lost game checks from more than a decade ago.
As you can see from this video, Rondo clearly spits on Paul's face. "We'll be fine. I just don't think it's equitable".