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NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 2, 2009 9:49 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2009 11:19 pm
NEW YORK -- The NBA is reviewing a confrontation between point guards Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul after Sunday night's game between the Celtics and Hornets, has learned.

Each player got a technical foul after a tussle under the basket, then they exchanged words after the final buzzer and had to be separated. Paul made an unsuccessful attempt to finish the discussion with Rondo in the Celtics' locker room afterward. Boston won 97-87.

Hornets coach Byron Scott said before his team faced the Knicks Monday night that he hadn't addressed the matter with Paul and didn't believe he was out of line.

"The only thing I heard Chris say after the game as we were walking off was, 'He's going to respect me as a man,'" Scott said. "I don't know what Rondo said, but obviously Chris took exception to it. But I didn't ask him about it or really think much about it after that."

Each player could be subject to a fine, depending on the league office's ruling.

UPDATE: After the Hornets lost to the Knicks 117-111, Paul wouldn't discuss what Rondo said to him that made him so irate. "That’s over and done with," he said. As for the league's decision to review the matter, Paul said, "I’ll wait until somebody says something to me. First I heard of that."

There's a chance Paul could be the subject of a league disciplinary review for the second straight game. During a scramble for a loose ball Monday night, Paul got tangled up with the Knicks' Al Harrington, who got up rubbing his head as though Paul had punched him. Replays showed Paul at one point flailing his arms, but Paul said afterward he didn't throw any punches. Harrington said his head had collided with Paul's knee.

“He didn’t punch," Harrington said. "When I dove, his knee . . . my head hit his knee. He might have slipped a couple of jabs in there, but it didn’t affect me. I fight in the summer so it’s all good. ... It was nothing. It’s nothing anybody should review or anything like that.”

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:10 pm

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

I would take Derrick Rose over Rondo.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 11:40 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

Where do  I begin with this poor excuse for a thread.  First off, I suggest you read over your work before you submit it.   Secondly, Chris Paul plays in New Orleans, not Charlotte.  I do agree that hes probably frustrated that his team has made few if any improvements since their playoff run, but Chris Paul is a far better player than Rondo.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 11:09 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

It's extremely annoying to see grown men act like children on a professional basketball court. These two men albeit came from poverty and now make millions but still cant grasp the concept of being a professional. We arent playing at the old high school or at the park. Let your game do the talking and keep your mouths shut

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:23 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

I might give you Parker, highly underrated point guard, but if you were starting a team and had to choose a point guard from all those available you would take Nash, Billups, and possibly Kidd ahead of Rondo?  I don't know but I think you are forcing your point a bit.  
I love Deron Williams game but have you see him attempt to guard Rondo?  It's not pretty.  Look, Rondo is a unique talent.  He does not fit into any particular mold and i think that is part of the reason so many teams missed on him on draft night.  He is a great rebounder, can get to the rim any time he wishes, a good defender (Could be great but he gets lazy at times), very creative passer, and an exceptional athlete.  

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:02 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

I agree with all but what New Orleans will be without Paul. They are bad team with and without him.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:20 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

paul can lay him out,,,but the hornest got layed out by the celts,,,and this is basketball not boxing...

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:08 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

I could nothing but laugh when I read the posts on this subject. All I learned from this is that small guys can't fight and Rondo is no good. You have got to be kidding me. Does anybody remember a guy named Gary Payton? Not a big guy, but one of the toughest guys that has ever played in the NBA. I would take him in a fight against almost everybody in the league playing today. Oh and anybody questioning Rondo's skills, take a look at the stats, and no all you uneducated sports fans, don't just look at the points, look at the important point guard stats, and then take a look at rebounds if you have the time.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 8:45 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

To say the Celtics would still be a "great" team without Rondo is ridiculous.  It would severely hurt the Celts chance at another title if they lose him.  Which is why the front office was smart enough to keep him around for another five years.  I am starting to think some of the people commenting on Rondo haven't been watching celtics games the last two seasons!

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 8:29 am

NBA reviewing Rondo-Paul incident (UPDATE)

I agree with , you can't compare Rondo and Paul on the court because they have totally seperate roles on their team.  Although they are both point guards, Rondo's role is to create and dish the ball.  Paul does this too, but his initial option is to score. Paul is more of a complete player because the Hornets need him to score.  Both guards can take the ball up the court with ease.  They don't even bother trying to trap Rondo because he goes right around the defense.  His speed is amazing.  He just needs to work on finishing around the basket and developing a decent outside shot.  This would make him an elite and complete point guard.  At this time, the Celtics don't need that from him.  How many guys can you have shooting the ball.  His role is perfect for the current Celtic team.

As far as fighting, I don't think Rondo would back down but I'm not sure of his chances.  This is basketball anyway, so it wouldn't be much of a fight either way.  I'll take a 5'9" hockey player over either of those guys in a fight.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:57 am
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