ESPNIn the aftermath of a cantankerous loss to the LA Clippers, Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and stars Chris Paul and James Harden marched through a back corridor and into the Clippers’ locker room late Monday night, suggesting that they wanted to confront Clippers players Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin, league sources told ESPN. Rockets guard Gerald Green joined Ariza, Paul and Harden through the connecting hallway and breached the entrance of the home team’s locker room. Stunned Clippers players, celebrating a 113-102 victory, leaped to their feet upon the realization that four seething Rockets players had come calling for them, sources told ESPN. For a few fleeting moments, several Clippers dared the Rockets to come farther into the room, sources said. Security and team officials soon converged on the Rockets, pushing them out the door and back toward the visiting locker room, sources said. Ariza was described as the first one through the door, with Paul lingering in the back, witnesses told ESPN. “It was classic NBA,” one Clipper witness told ESPN. “None of these guys were going to fight.”
It was a wild night of near brawls and non-fights in the NBA, first Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons both got ejected, then Lowry invited Simmons to meet him in the hallway as rumors that the two brawled behind the scenes persist. Then the Clippers upset the Rockets, and and as the Clippers were celebrating their win, four Rockets players pushed into the Clippers locker room looking for a fight. The Rockets tough guy contingent featured superstars Chris Paul and James Harden along with Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green, and they went looking for Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, but based on all accounts it was a typical NBA “hold me back” fight and nothing actually happened before it was broken up. What makes this fake NBA fight even more interesting is that Chris Paul was a member of the Clippers last season, and based on reports, his Clippers teammates could no longer stand being around him and were extremely happy when Paul left for Houston. Personally, we here at SportSmasher.com are just excited there is some new bad blood in the NBA, the more hateful rivalries the better.