By: Bryce Fields
In one corner, standing at 6-feet tall and weighing in at 175 pounds, we have Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul. Small but stout, Paul has held his own over his 14-year NBA career, a tenure that has made him a 9x All-Star and 8x All-NBA selection. He makes up for his lack of height with his heart and incredible leadership that has made him one of the best pointguards the league has ever seen.
In the opposite corner, listed at 6-feet and one inch tall, weighing in at 186 pounds, we have Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo has been an electric player despite bouncing around the league, winning the 2008 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics and, most recently, helping Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans get to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
Heading into the title bout L.A. between Paul and Rondo, most believed it would be a pretty fair fight. Rondo does hold have a 5-inch larger wingspan that will give him the reach advantage, but Paul’s experience and intelligence will make it hard for him to lose. It will be an exhilarating matchup that fans of all ages can enjoy!
Expect, this wasn’t a real fight (well, sort of), but a nasty altercation between Paul and Rondo did steal the show when their respective teams this weekend. The Rockets were able to pull off a 124-115 win over the Lakers.
However, no one really gave a shit – that’s because we had grown men who play basketball for a living throwing haymakers at one another, leading to one of the worst on-court altercations in recent NBA history.
It all started with a skirmish between the two teams, something regular in the game today, especially for these two point guards. Chris Paul comes off as an ass quite often, and Rondo is famous for his peculiar on-court antics.
But man, did these two duke it out on Saturday night. What started as simply jawing back and forth between the two got physical when Paul put his finger in Rondo’s face, which naturally, Rondo retaliated with a stellar left hook that connected. The ensuing fight was fairly short, but not before Paul got Rondo back with a strong uppercut, and for Brandon Ingram to run in like a bat out of hell and hit…. no one.
Chris Paul looked lacked the bad guy at first, but after the game he claimed the Rondo spit on him. Seriously, spit on him. As crazy as that sounds, further evidence and examination showed that it is very possible that Rondo did provoke the fight with a spewing of his saliva.
So, here we are now. Despite the fact we had a great matchup between LeBron’s upstart Lakers and title hopefuls in the Rockets, we are now talking about Paul/Rondo round one and the impending suspensions they and Brandon Ingram (who should have never been the fight in the first place) are about to get.
What a way to kick-off the new NBA season.