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Lead referee explains what they saw, decisions on Nets/Celtics fight

Nov 29, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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NBA officials rarely speak to the media after games (there actually is a guard outside their dressing room door), but they make exceptions in special cases.

The fight between the Celtics and Nets — the one started when Rajon Rondo went at and shoved Kris Humphries and spilled out into the stands — is a special case.

Lead official James Capers spoke to a pool reporter after the game and A. Sherrod Blakely of has a transcript of what Capers said and why the referees made the decisions they did (ejecting Rondo and Humphries, plus giving technical to Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett).

“Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection.”

“When Kevin goes to the basket, he is re-routed by Humphries. So we had a personal foul for the re-route. Kevin is trying to continue — to get a continuation for shooting — and now Humphries hits him. Because the whistle blew, it was a dead-ball situation, and that’s a technical foul for contact during a dead ball. … What proceeds after that is a fight, so he’s ejected.”

The referee said from their courtside video review they did not see Garnett or Wallace throw a punch. So why did they get technicals:

“For the escalating of the event. And then Wallace (already) had one, therefore he was ejected.”

Wallace had gotten a technical earlier in the game for arguing a call with a referee.

I expect Rondo will get a pretty harsh suspension from the league, with Humphries getting a suspension as well. As for Garnett and Wallace, my guess is a fine. But the league likes to make examples in these cases, so we will see.

  1. acdc363 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    we need more of this in the nba!

  2. kaf39 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Great explanation by the ref

  3. paleihe - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Why should Humphries get suspended? He didn’t do anything. He was simply protecting himself.

    • pantsfreezone - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Hump should have let Rondo claw his eyes out and pull his hair without defending himself apparently.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Dude I don’t even see the initial found being a T. If I called that in a pickup game I’d get punched in the mouth.

  4. nycalldayz - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    There should be no suspension. Though what Rondo did was absolutely dumb especially when KG wasn’t fouled hard. Rondo is a great player, but he’s a hot-head. If Rondo truly valued his leadership role, he would lead by example helping KG up instead of fighting.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      ….So Rondo violated rules that are normally enforced by suspension, but he shouldn’t be suspended because he’s “just a hot-head.”


  5. misterdreamer119 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Humphries gets ejected for being soft. Ask. Jet Terry.

  6. jhuck92 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Courtside seats, especially near either basket, never made any sense to me. You pay alot of money for the players to sweat on you and occasionally get kicked in the groin by Dennis Rodman. The courtside fans knew damn well what they were buying when they bought those tickets. But if i got caught in the middle of a fight, I wouldn’t press charges or anything like that. I’d probably frame the tickets. But with that being said, Doc probably went too far when he said there weren’t any good rivalries in the NBA anymore. And then Raging Rondo lost it.

  7. qmizzle - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Rodman didn’t kick a fan

  8. chargerdillon - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    The only thing I see is Humphries touching his elbow……KG flopping, and then Rondo acting like a rival gangmember.

    Is Humphries at any way responsible for trying to defend himself when a man he’s covering rushes right into him to push him over AFTER THE WHISTLE.

    Is there a rule where certain players can’t play hard defense? The Celtics are indeed soft, and the softest person on the court is Rondo attacking a dude after the whistle.

    As a diehard Lakerfan, I’ve always respected the Celtics with the exception of Rondo.

    Rondo is the reason there’s no longer a big 3, Rondo is the reason the Celtics won’t win.

  9. leoimpr - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    This is my take: Humphreis did not do anything, and even the foul was not hard, nor hit KG in the face. KG flopped and should be fined. The PUNK Rondo should be the one suspended for at least 30 mgames. Wallace did nothing to deserve a suspension, Garnett threw at him and tried to get to Humpreys. Celtics are Punks, hope they dont even make the playoffs. Do that to Udanis Haslem and he will get you back. Classless Celtics suck.

  10. lemfaxx - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Rondo made a biggest mistakes of his life. That streak won’t be happened again. Sorry boy

    • dko83 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      This streak will be happened again. Guy will average 12 assists a game the next 6 years at least. It’s pretty clear both english and basketball are a second language to you. Sorry boy.

  11. dko83 - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at all these Lakers fans reveling in this. Rondo is elite and will to continue to be so. Sure, he’s a hot head, but you’d rejoice the second he joined your team and you’re lying to yourself otherwise. Keep on flaming scrubs.

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