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Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

The NBA league office doesn’t take kindly to its players fighting on the court.

It really doesn’t take kindly to said fights spilling over into the very-expensive seats of people who sit courtside at NBA games.

That’s what happened when a fight broke out between the Celtics and Nets Wednesday night, when Rajon Rondo came to the defense of Kevin Garnett (who doesn’t really need anyone to come to his defense) and went after Kris Humphries.

When the league office hands down its suspensions some point Thursday afternoon, look for Rondo to get a bunch of gams — maybe five, maybe 10. Humphries will likely get one as he was in the middle of it as it went into the crowd and pulled Rondo’s jersey over his head in a classic hockey fight move. (Although I don’t think Humphries really deserves a long suspension — that was not a hard foul on KG and then Rondo came after him.) I expect Gerald Wallace will get a suspension for coming in late to the show. Finally Garnett will get a fine and if it is determined he threw a punch he will sit a game or more.

But Rondo is going to take the brunt of this, he instigated. He threw the first punch. He caused this to spill into the stands. Back in 2006 when a J.R. Smith and Nate Robinson fight spilled into the stands each got 10 games, Howard Beck of the New York Times reminds us.

That is not out of the question here.

Boston players can pull the “we stick up for each other” stuff all they want, I’m sure that plays well in the locker room. It will not in the league office. They are going to bring the hammer.

And for a Celtics team that is struggling right now, 10 games without Rondo — without the guy at the heart of making their offense click — could be a harsh blow.

  1. psousa1 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    nothing more embarrassing than a NBA fight. Always looks like two hookers fighting over a john

  2. southbeachtalent - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Ray Allen was the only guy with any class on that team..

  3. honeyboywilson - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Shouldn’t Humphries get a suspension for impersonating an NBA player?

    • jmatos06 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      lol thats great

  4. tominma - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Sure looked like a flagrant foul to me. A serious one. Garnett doesnt flop! If he got hit THAT hard, he has a right to very pissed. as he was in the air when he got hit! So, I dont blame Rondo but this is child’s play compared to past incidents. Like Sam Jones defending himself against Chamberlain with a chair! Or the Hawks owner getting punched in the mouth by Red Auerbach. Or like Kermit Washington punching Jeff somebody while he was running up the court and messing up his face bigtime. HE got suspended for like 50+ games.

    Humprhries derserves a long suspension too. You do NOT hit/bump a guy when he’s in the air. Pro ball player wont tolerate either a direct attempt to injure of one STUPID move that’s likely to injure.
    So, we’ll see what the league does!

  5. progress2011 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Ahahahaha….rondo (fake-wanna be thug, wit a BROKE jumper)…got Shanked outta his shirt !

    We used to call that “Dusting a Suka Off” …..ahahahaha

  6. tjp44 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Rondo is a punk a$$ biatch and deserves to sit….try that with Metta and you will get a month off for your concussion

    • jmatos06 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      you dont have to try anything on “world peace” he is the champion of cheap shots and erratic behavior in the NBA.
      the laker area team has won what, 16 titles? no 11 , minneapolis won 5 if im not mistaken!

  7. sugarray1 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Rondo is nothing more than a wannabe gangster goon. Time for the league to make a statement and sit this punk for a long time……..I would love to see Humphries kick his skinny little aaa

  8. ilovefootball2525 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Not smart. The team needs him.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    For what? He only pushed him.

  10. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Scalfor: you have to consider the source when it comes to the laker fans. The season isn’t even 1/5 of the easy over yet and they are sticking forks in teams.
    Never mind said teams are even or better record-wise. It’s the annoying attitude as the reason they are hated, they just don’t get it.
    You’ll also have to forgive them, they have been in panic mode since game 5.

    I rember a couple of tools said this team would challenge the Bulls 72 win record!

    Well, they gotta go 66-1 the rest of the way.
    Id love for them to be a .500 team and not make the playoffs.

    bozo/lakerluver would not only be off here, he’d be with Jesus- maybe- God is a Celtics fan.

  11. 93warchant - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    hey smeltic fans Paul Pierce couldn’t defend a shadow. do you seriously believe your going to get through Miami and others in the eastern conference to win another title. lol get real.

  12. lakerluver - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    @pauleky
    Good point. I’ve been saying the same thing for months. I don’t know why ph53 just won’t ” come out”.

  13. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    lakerluver. its more like that you would hop I’d come out.

    Sorry, you savage. I like women not guys.
    Maybe if you didn’t slurp on the 1st date, you’d get a dude to stick with you.

    Dont hit on me anymore, ok sausage wallet? I don’t swung your way.

  14. lakerluver - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    “Sausage wallet”?, “slurps”? “Savage”? You have all the lingo down pat, huh? Hmmm??

  15. Kansachusetts - Dec 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I see the Celtics-haters are out in force. It’s like a fruit-fly infestation.
    And, Kurt, I always like your posts, but 10 days? Um, didn’t happen.
    Rondo’s one shove was blown way out of proportion because Humphries and then Wallace escalated it.

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