Let’s not undersell this moment at all. This is the greatest thing to happen in basketball since… well… I can’t think of anything better, actually. During Saturday nights game between the Rockets and the Lakers, Rajon Rondo landed such a clean punch on Chris Paul that it might as well have been in a Tide commercial. Allegedly, Rondo spit on Paul which lit a fire under Chris’ stubby ass so he stuck his finger in Rondo’s face. Spoiler alert- not a great choice. I just think that Chris has never thought of the possibility that one of these days, he might get hit. Just look at his facial expression after he pokes Rondo at 1:45 in the video. It’s glorious. The immediate regret in his face is genuinely hysterical. I guarantee opponents have wanted to do this before but he’s always so small compared to everyone else in the NBA that they probably felt like bad about his little man complex. Rondo, however, is about the same size as Paul and he DID NOT hesitate in throwing a hook so nasty that it probably made Clayton Kershaw jealous (he throws a good curveball, aka, “hook”).
On Tuesday, Rondo told ESPN, “This is the only time I’m going to address this, I had a mouthpiece in my mouth and I [was] exasperated because I was about to tell him to ‘get the [expletive] out of here… Look at my body language [in the video]. My hands on my hips. I turn away for a second. Look at Eric [Gordon] and Melo [Carmelo Anthony] in the video. If they saw me spit, they would have turned their face up or something. They had no reaction.”
Honestly, this all makes perfect sense. He may have in inadvertently sprayed a little something while telling Paul off but it’s not like he conjured up a wad of spit and aimed it at Chris’s chin. And his point about Melo not reacting, at all, is entirely accurate. With all jokes aside, I truly don’t think that Rondo spit. And if he did, it would be similar to if you were in an argument with someone and you spray a bit while trying to get your point across.
Chris Paul had this coming and actually, I’m surprised it wasn’t James Harden on the receiving end. Their style of basketball has to be stopped immediately and maybe this will shed some light on the issue.
So let’s talk a little about the Houston Rockets brand of basketball.
Watching Houston Rockets basketball is a complete nightmare. The Rockets style of play and their tendency to flop around and complain, is relatively similar to what you may have experienced on family road trips. You lightly tap shoulders with your sibling, while crammed in the back of a speeding car and they shout, “mooooooommmmmmm, (insert name) keeps touching me!” Right there, that’s enough to make you want to dive face-first out of the car. Rockets basketball has that same effect. You’ll get so frustrated within the first two minutes of watching that you’ll wish basketball was never invented at all. If there was a list of players in the NBA who needed to be punched straight in the face, Chris Paul and James Harden would be at the top and they play on the same team. Yeah, I’m sure they’re both fine people off the court (blah, blah, blah) but my lord, they’re impossible to watch on it.
But how about this video? I mean, it’s too great. At 2:03, you can see the initial foul call where James Harden throws is head back as if to avoid an imaginary razor coming for his beard. This motion is typical and instinctual for him now as he’s made it apart of his everyday game. The foul called on the play involved minimal contact, embellishing of the foul, and then a prompt but predictable complaint from Harden. That play alone is enough to make me want to make me want to stand in the middle of a packed gun range. But Harden will do that same thing anywhere from 12 to 98 times in a game, regardless of if anyone comes near him or not. At this point I’m so frustrated with his antics that I almost respect them. He’s figured out that these refs are too damn stupid to consider that somebody might be putting on a performance in order to get a call, so they look right past it. I honestly don’t blame James, I just hate him (and the refs). Anyway, after the foul, you can tell that Brandon Ingram has had quite enough of Harden’s bullshit for the day so he gives him a nice little shove (2:17 in the video). Watch how Harden buckles like he’s trying to draw a foul once again. Hilarious. I actually bet if he got bumped while walking down the street, out of habit he would just fall to the ground. After the shove, the fight between Paul and Rondo happens and near the end of it Ingram comes in with his elastic arms to get a good shot in before it got broken up completely. I get it Brandon, I wanted to do the same thing, and I’m just watching it on TV. All I can say is thank you… Thank you so much Rondo and Ingram.
NBA players are finally showing their frustration towards the Rockets as a team, as well as their star players and that’s nothing but a good thing for the NBA.
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