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October 21, 2018 | 3:38 pm EDT Update
The NBA is evaluating a video shot courtside that appears to capture Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo spitting into the face of All-Star Chris Paul on Saturday night at Staples Center, league sources told ESPN. With 4:13 remaining in the game and the Rockets ahead 109-108, a fight occurred with multiple participants. The Rockets’ video staff took the video courtside during the game, and it has been shared with the league office, sources said. The NBA is planning to render its discipline on Sunday prior to the Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center, sources said.
Brad Turner: Sources: NBA has began its investigation into allegations that Rajon Rondo spit in face of Chris Paul last night during Lakers-Rockets game. Will interview both players about the fight and Brandon Ingram about fight, and both teams and the officials.
NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe was in attendance for Saturday night’s skirmish that included Rondo, Paul and Lakers forward Brandon Ingram. VanDeWeghe is leading the NBA’s probe into the incident and helping to interview participants and witnesses on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources said.
The last major fight in the NBA was almost 12 years ago, when current Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony received a 15-game suspension while playing for the Denver Nuggets. “I got 15 games, and it was a tough time,” Anthony told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “You can’t go to the arena. You can’t go to the practice facility. It was a lot to deal with.”
World Peace, a former Laker, was in attendance with a close viewing seat to the altercation at the Lakers-Rockets game. “I hope everyone doesn’t get fined,” World Peace told The Undefeated. “It was a fight. It was unfortunate. The first time they’ve ever thrown punches. They shouldn’t do it. … It happened. I’ve never seen them fight before. It was the first time. I don’t think anyone should be suspended.”
“I am not surprised at all [that they fought],” ESPN analyst (and former Rondo teammate) Paul Pierce said after the game. “For you people out there who don’t know, Rondo and Chris Paul have never liked each other. This dates back to maybe Rondo’s rookie year or second year. They’ve had heated exchanges…I’m surprised this is their first fight, actually.”
New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox will be sidelined for at least one week due to a left ankle sprain. An MRI on Sunday confirmed that Knox suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of the Knicks’ loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday, the team said. Knox will not travel with the Knicks on their two-game road trip this week and will be re-evaluated in seven days. So the rookie will miss at least three games due to the injury.
October 21, 2018 | 1:12 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Whatever case Rondo’s making, NBA is evaluating a video clip captured courtside that shows saliva/spit shooting from Rondo’s mouth onto Chris Paul’s face. It appears Rondo will have to sell league on fact that it was unintentional — and that appears to be a tough case to make.