LOS ANGELES – Houston Rocket Watch Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers Guard Rajon Rondo and Forward Brandon Ingram can get several game suspensions and fine for their involvement in a mistake during Saturday night’s game.
The last major match in the NBA was almost 12 years ago, when the present Rock’s forward Carmelo Anthony received a 15-player suspension while playing for Denver Nuggets.
Saturday night’s fights between Rockets and Lakers recalled memories of the latest major NBA match in 2006. AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez
“I had 15 games and it was a tough time,” said Anthony. ESPNs The Undefeated. “You can not go to the arena. You can not go to the training facility. There was a lot to do with it.”
Anthony was interrupted 15 games to beat Knicks Guard Mardy Collins under Nuggets & # 39; 123-100 blowout victory in New York on December 16, 2006.
Sedan-Knick’s coach Isiah Thomas was angry with Nuggets coach George Karl, who seemed to keep Anthony in the game late to drive the score.
Thomas made a late part in Collins, who soon after flagrantly fouled then-Nuggets protect JR Smith by 1:15 left and knicks down 119-100. During the subsequent change after Collins foul that included multiple players in both teams, Anthony Collins punched on his face and expelled.
Anthony, league’s leading scorer at the time, received a 15-player suspension from the NBA three days later. Knicks and Nuggets organizations were both fining $ 500,000. Smith and Knicks Guard Nate Robinson Suspended 10 Matches, Collins Interrupted Six, Knicks Forward Jared Jeffries Interrupted Four Matches and Knicks Center Jerome James and Nuggets Center Nene Suspended a game to leave the bench.
The then NBA commissioner David Stern said his decision was influenced by the need for teams to be responsible for their actions in order for the players to keep their cool instead of escalating the situation and for the players involved refusing to keep direction from the judges thereby putting the fans in harmony.
“It is our duty to take the strongest possible steps to avoid such future failures and make a statement to anyone who follows the game basketball as we understand our obligations and take them seriously,” Stern said in a statement.
Nene, now with the rockets, described the Lakers Rocket’s alteration to The Undefeated as “Two Against One. A Coward Move.”
“There has been no g that has happened since then,” said Anthony. “It shows only where the league has been. It’s a deal. All that happened to the court people dropped away. And now for this event it becomes interesting to see what they are doing.”
Anthony also acknowledged that he felt like a poster boy fighting for the NBA after “Malice in the Palace”.
On November 19, 2004, the most remarkable match in US professional sports history took place when Indiana Pacers fought for Detroit Piston players and fans towards the end of a game at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.
NBA suspended nine players for a total of 146 matches. Sedan-Pacers presented Ron Artest, now Metta World Peace, met the hardest suspension, as he lost almost $ 5 million in pay after being shut off 73 regular year games and 13 playoff games.
“The NBA made an example of me at that time,” said Anthony about the 2006 scrum. “You have to think where the NBA was at that time. The image of NBA, Indiana-Detroit and what happened at that time. [Malice in the Palace] just happened. So, NBA was on a full-time high [in sensitivity] because of it.”
World Peace, a former Laker, participated in a close looking chair against the change of the Lakers-Rockets game.
“I hope everyone will not be fined.” World peace told the uninvited people.
“It was a fight, it was unfortunate. The first time they’ve ever thrown battles. They should not do it … It happened. I’ve never seen them fight before It was the first time, I do not think that Someone will be interrupted. “
On malice in the palace, World Peace said:” I do not even remember that. Good Lord. It was a long time ago. “
Also, ironically, the NBA Vice President, Kiki Vandeweghe, was known as league disciplinary, sitting in the Staples Center is not far from the Lakers-Rockets battle.
Vandeweghe, who declined c ombud, was General Manager of Nuggets when Anthony was suspended.
Given the extent of this battle and the potential impacts, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will likely be heavily involved in determining the punishment.
Anthony said that Vandeweghe would do “what is right” in his decision, and Rondo’s actions were “unacceptable.” Anthony said that he saw the Rondo saliva in Paul’s face to spark the space.
With the Rockets playing Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Sunday night, NBA is expected to announce its penalty before the game begins.
“Chris had to retaliate,” said Anthony. “In that situation, the situation in New York, you can not let it fly.”