Los Angeles' Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Houston's Chris Paul were at the center of it, with contact being made between the two teams' point guards. Then you're talking monetarily, he's paying three times more than the other guys are paying for missing games? 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.
Reports even have Rondo's girlfriend shoving Paul's wife, Jada, who was sitting next to LeBron James' wife, Savannah.
Rondo insists his actions were triggered by Paul's strike and maintains he did not spit on his rival, arguing his mouthguard made it hard for any spitting to be intentional.
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As the players converted, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo had words.
The Rockets prevailed against the Lakers 124-115 on James Harden's 36 points but that wasn't the main focus of the night. A video does appear to show Paul wiping his face after he was separated by LeBron James.
"I'm not disappointed at all", the three-time National Basketball Association champion, who signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers in July, told reporters. "Just stand there and get spit on and then take a punch in the face and say, "Well, that's OK", D'Antoni said. In the heat of the moment, when somebody does that, I mean that's tough.
The Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who effectively started the incident when he pushed Houston MVP James Harden, received a four-game ban. CP3 jammed his finger into Rondo's face, which is when he responded with a hook to Paul's face. That's unacceptable. ... You don't even see that in the streets, man. I understand that. We'll go on.