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Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah ejected after altercation (VIDEO)

Dec 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

It was an ugly game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, where the Knicks melted down as they were being manhandled during a blowout loss to the Bulls.

Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson were ejected for arguing with officials, but the play that brought things to a head occurred with 4:39 to play and Chicago leading by 16, and resulted in both Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah being ejected for their actions.

Except for the very end of this sequence, when Noah makes sure to stay in contact with Chandler as he fights to get away, this one seemed to be 100 percent initiated by Chandler — he’s the one who initiates the shoving down low as both players were fighting for position, and then once Noah was on his back and aggressively trying for the rebound, Chandler appeared to throw an elbow, before leaning his head in close to Noah’s, requiring the two to be separated.

It’s tough to see any reason for suspensions to be handed down following the dust-up, as there were no true punches thrown. Noah could be seen barely attempting to make contact with Chandler with his head, which likely isn’t enough to draw attention from the league office.

Noah said afterward that a suspension would essentially be ridiculous, via Nick Friedell of

When asked specifically about a possible suspension, the emotional center seemed incredulous.
“Suspension?” Noah said. “For what? What did I do?”

When asked about the apparent headbutt, Noah responded. “He headbutted me,” Noah said. “Come on guys, I’m trying to play (Saturday), man. I love this game.”

All that will likely come out of this is film to be used by other teams when preparing for the Knicks the rest of the season.

It will be interested to see moving forward if other teams in the league who have the ability to be similarly physical will use those tactics to try to rattle New York, and force that same type of meltdown to occur once again.

  1. nbascreed - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I like both Kim Noah and Tyson but the NBA has this hold me back culture that I really hate. They were face to face (or approximately) for a good 4-5 seconds and neither even looked like they wanted to throw a blow (this is a good thing) and then as soon as people jump in between they start trying to get at each other. Lame.

    I know most of the readers on this board have little experience with streetfights but for those that do, I’m sure these fraceses bring a smile to your face like they do mine!

    • kinggw - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      What do you expect? Whether these guys are tough or not (and most aren’t), they aren’t stupid.

      This isnt the 1970’s NBA where fighting was tolerated. That all changed when Kermit Washington knocked Rudy Tomjanovich out cold. Couple that with Ron Artest/Metta World Peace’s year long suspension and the players have caught the hint.

      • nbascreed - Dec 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Ok so then my interpretation of your comments means you stipulate that the whole thing was an act…they were simply fronting? If that’s the case then why do it? Just walk away. Also I disagree w/ your toughness assertion. Most of these guys are probably very comfortable with hand-to-hand situations, if you know anyone who grew up in an urban environment it’s pretty much a pre-req.

  2. philtration - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Looks like Tyson Chandler has decided that being a dirty, elbow throwing jag off is going to be his new image.

  3. boyshole25 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Basketball players and baseball players fight like such sissies. Have these guys ever thrown a punch? They all swing like women or someone who doesn’t know what hand is dominant.

  4. bleed4philly - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    There is so much money to be lost now in fighting that players are always advised to avoid it. Look at hockey. They fight but you don’t see datsuk and stamkos doing it. They have designated “enforcers” to do the dirty work. If players in hockey ever got huge fines for fighting, they’d stop doing it too.

  5. kavika6 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Both fake tough guys.

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