Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Bans, massive fines for star National Basketball Association trio over Lakers-Rockets fight

Bans, massive fines for star National Basketball Association trio over Lakers-Rockets fight

Brandon Ingram shoved James Harden, which itself wasn't that outrageous, but shortly after that, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul started throwing punches at each other, a fight that began after Rondo spit on Paul.

Saturday night was a huge one for Los Angeles sports: Not only were the Dodgers playing for a trip to the World Series, LeBron James played his first home game as a Los Angeles Laker.

Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three games and Paul two games.


The Rockets play the Clippers on Sunday night, so the league will likely hand down their suspensions sometime Sunday evening.

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram are sure to be socked with suspensions. However, in-game footage, you can see Paul wipe his face before confronting Rondo.

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was also kicked out of the arena for yelling profanities at Chris Paul as he made his way back to the locker room following the scuffle with Rondo. Ultimately, they also handed him an early exit for his troubles.


It was easy to predict that the Los Angeles Lakers would get off to a slow start and that it will take time for the players to get accustomed to one another.

He won't be the only player missing time. "That's blatant disrespect. That's unacceptable". Ingram disagreed with the call and pushed Harden in the back, drawing a technical. Rondo pointed to the fact that he was wearing a mouthguard, which would impact his ability to intentionally spit on someone. It's hard for me to understand how Rondo didn't get a matching sentence with Ingram at the very least.

The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension. "I have seen it go 10-15 games before - I was the culprit of that years ago".


The Lakers fell 124-115 to the visiting Houston Rockets to spoil James' debut at Staples Center after dropping their season opener to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Thursday.

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