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Altercation between Paul George and John Salmons immediately stops once David West steps in (VIDEO)

Apr 4, 2014, 9:56 PM EDT

This wasn’t really much of anything as far as NBA disagreements go, but it’s worth noticing because of the way everything completely stops once David West steps into the picture.

Paul George and John Salmons got face to face following a shove from Salmons, and as other players stepped in — including the Raptors’ Chuck Hayes — David West separated the two, and immediately made sure that anyone thinking of escalating things knew there would be consequences.

West is one of the few players in the league universally respected for his legitimate toughness, so it was amusing to see it in action here as he played the role of peacemaker.

  1. ljl2 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    except when Hawes stepped to him last week and he cheap shot him in the throat…

    • spthegr8 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      ^^^ D West would make SHORT work of Hawes… Short work!! ^^^ I seriously doubt he is afraid of Hawes! IJS!!!

  2. conjecture101 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    The altercation stopped because West pushed George (his own player) away from Salmons. Oh, and the Raptors won the game.

  3. rhetoric1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    This Pacers’ implosion is delicious.

    • deywalka - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      When the playoffs get here your punk@ss Lizards will be exactly were they’ve been since they came into the league: Watching the rest of the season from the TV tube. You won a meaningless regular season game and your team still ain’t sh1t when and won’t be sh1t when the games really count. Blue Collar Gold swagger all day b1tch.

    • tashab03 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Hehe, we’ll see where you’re at in a few weeks.

  4. eagles512 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Looked like it continued to me.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Chuck Hayes sure didn’t back down or seem scared of West. How did West earn his “legitimate toughness” credentials anyway…do we have some video of him beating someone down? We can’t base it off of him looking tough – look what happened to Deebo at the end of Friday. He got knocked the **** out by Craig. You know…the bigger they are, the harder they fall (David & Goliath).

      • sellahh - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        Exactly what i was thinking. Hayes is a 1.98m (DAMN IM EUROPEAN) center. He’s tough. David West sure has some background but man. Hayes vs West would be fun in a boxing ring. I myself posted a few comments about West being a BAMF. But this is getting kinda tiring. He’s no Klitcho nor Tyson nor Ali.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        Being European, you could say he’s no Lennox Lewis either. He was a bad man once he hooked up with Emanuel Steward! But I was – and always will be!! – a Mike Tyson fan.

      • Tavoris - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        West earned his rep by scrapping as an undersized PF for a decade. And he’s done it without cheap shots. This is precisely the reason Indiana signed (and re-signed) him. They turned into a much, much better team the day he stepped onto the court.

  5. amehta256 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    West must have some legitimate street cred

  6. prareedoggin - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    I will be completely surprised if the Pacers make it to the ECF. The bobcats will pull an upset if they play them lol shoot maybe even the wizards

    – Heat Fan

  7. gcclark98 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    west is a boxing champion…and a martial arts master…thats why they back down..thats his cred..beat downs in the octagon

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      Any video of this? I’m seriously interested.

    • suckit619 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Gotta see it to believe it

    • aerorocket - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      West makes his bravado against smaller players. The whole team is full of Punks backed by “Vanilla Jaw” Hibert.

  8. maddnola - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    People were worried here in NOLA about loosing cp3 but the biggest hit was losing DWest.

    Dude is tough as nails and simply does his job. You can’t ask for anything more.

    Sure, the clips made out fine but Indy got a true man on the court.

  9. maddnola - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Just an added interjection I met D-West as a rookie at an event at Civil District Court here in New Orleans as a Rookie he was with PJ Brown. I met him again after the 07 season fresh off a loss to the Spurs. He was the same guy then as he was fresh out Xzavier. That speaks volumes as to who he is as a person.

    You have a heck of a player Indy, don’t forget that. He gets lost in the shuffle a lot because he isn’t a numbers guy but what he brings to any team is all heart and all fight. He never gets the due he deserves and honestly I don’t think that makes a difference to him, that is a true player.

    • suckit619 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Great story. Compelling and rich.

  10. mcmystery76 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    I’d say you only exaggerated west’s “intimidation factor” by about 1000% there. This is such a sensationalist website PFT should be ashamed to be associated with you guys; just consistently shoddy, hyperbolic headlines and articles. I look forward to David west’s “A+” in this morning’s NBA grades…

  11. suckit619 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Didn’t see much of anything there. Not sure why this was worthy of an article… But west isn’t much tougher than any of the other fake tough guys in the league so I don’t know why he’s considered to be one. Talk is cheap and that’s all the pacers do… Especially that punk Stephenson. I’d like to see west actually scrap one day so he can earn his tough guy rep.

    • Tavoris - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      he doesn’t have to fight. I think the fact that he’s never backed down – and never been in an altercation – speaks volumes about his reputation.

  12. Jeff - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    There are absolutely no indications that this Pacers team will get out of the first round. They’re done son.

    • 12444uggg - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      It’s easy to say stuff isn’t it?

    • turkbox420 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      you a 2010 heat fan?

  13. zickhead - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    West’s whole no one wants a part of him thing is starting to become overrated.

    • turkbox420 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I do not think West would lose a fight against 90% of the NBA

  14. edbrowndesign - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I don’t think one is any tougher than the other, both appear like they can handle their business.

  15. canadatude - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    West was out of line grabbing and holding his opponents arm. He only did it to protect George. When he didn’t let go, Hayes stepped in. He is the real tough guy here. Did not lip off. Watch that quiet guy.
    A few posters got it right. Pacer going straight down the tubes and panicking. Lucky to survive the first round.

  16. Jeff - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Pacers smoked at home by the Hawks, the Atlanta freakin Hawks!
    The Pacers don’t play D, they can’t make shots, they are done!
    Stick a fork in ’em. They are done.
    They are not, not, going to come back from this. If they could turn it on, turn it around, they would have by now.
    They can’t or they won’t …. I don’t know.
    What I can tell you, they are one and done in the playoffs.
    Take it to the bank.
    And they certainly won’t make it to the ECF much less the Finals.

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