Los Angeles is expected to be without Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo, who were suspended without pay for an on-court fight during the Rockets game. As Paul approached the nearby tunnel, Kiedis became more vocal, even as a security guard attempted to restrain him.
"Nah. All I cared about what trying to get the thing over with, so we could get back to the game", James said. Ingram, who had been calmed down, raced over to the fight and threw a punch at Paul. However, in-game footage, you can see Paul wipe his face before confronting Rondo.
Brandon Ingram received a four-game suspension for instigating and escalating the fracas, while Rajon Rondo, who threw multiple punches at Chris Paul, will miss three games.
Los Angeles Lakers' new forward LeBron James said he was not disappointed with the defeats in the first two games and the early struggles were normal for a side that overhauled their roster in the offseason to bring in the league's best player. Paul was stopped from any further involvement when James, a close friend, was able to walk him away from the chaos.
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The Lakers' Rondo insisted after the game that he didn't spit at Houston veteran Paul, however, hours after the clips emerged, it was revealed Rondo and Paul had been suspended for three and two games respectively. I don't know what they expect him to do.
The Rockets ultimately took the win on Saturday, beating the Lakers 124 - 115.
- Paul responded after Rondo's slobber shot, poking Rondo near the eye and throwing a few punches of his own.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was also kicked out of the arena for yelling profanities at Chris Paul as he made his way back to the locker room following the scuffle with Rondo. The Lakers then play at Phoenix, home against Denver and at San Antonio. I understand that. We'll go on. An on-court brawl in the pivotal final minutes of a close game between the Lakers and the Houston Rockets all but marred James' debut, though ESPN won't complain as the primetime game gave the network its best rating for an opening-week National Basketball Association matchup since 2014.