Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

A Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo fight mars LeBron James’s Lakers debut

A Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo fight mars LeBron James’s Lakers debut

For their involvement in the brawl that took place at Staples Center, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul have all been suspended for multiple games. Brandon Ingram even got involved in the melee in its final moments and threw a punch in Paul's direction.

The Rockets went on to win the game 124-115, further spoiling James' home debut with the Lakers.

Paul then put his finger in Rondo's face, and Rondo responded by throwing a punch, and Paul punched back.

It is well documented that he and Paul are close friends, and he probably doesn't want to throw his buddy under the bus while standing up for his teammates. "It's not equitable. If you watch the film, you watch the spit, you watch this and that, it's just". After being caught with a flurry of punches, Paul gets in a shot of his own as he catches Rondo with an uppercut. Following the game, Paul was adamant that Rondo spit on him during the fracas.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said before that game that he didn't think a two-game suspension for Paul was fair.

But that is exactly what happened on Sunday [AEST] when a brawl erupted between the Lakers and Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter of their National Basketball Association match at the Staples Centre. Paul received two games for punching Rondo.

Chris Paul (second from left) spars with Rajon Rondo (top right).

The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension.

"I don't know, I might rest him (on a) back-to-back", D'Antoni said.

The Lakers dropped to 0-2 after James' West Coast chapter formally began Thursday with a 128-119 road loss to the Trail Blazers. Wednesday's game will tip off at 7 p.m.

It's unlikely that anybody was going to be happy with the result of the discipline just because of the bad blood involved.

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