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Delonte West, Von Wafer fight after Celtics practice


UPDATE#2 6:46 pm: In pregame interviews, Von Wafer told the Boston Globe, “I don’t know nothing about it. First time hearing about it.”

Doc Rivers said that there was a fight, “and that’s all you need to know.”

UPDATE 4:35 pm: Speaking with the Boston Globe, Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed that there had been a fight, but he said nobody is in danger of being let go by the team.

“There was an altercation and we just handled it internally and we’ll move forward,” Ainge said. “I talked with the guys. Doc [Rivers] talked with them and we’re just moving forward on it…

We’re not releasing Delonte. There have not been any other of these altercations that have happened this year.

“Guys trash talk and that kind of stuff by I’m not aware of any other altercation among any players at all during the course of the year. These things happen. It’s not acceptable behavior. We’ll just handle it internally and that’s it.

Ainge said there were a lot of “lies” in the story about the team wanting to get rid of West.

2:36 pm: There are little dust ups all the time at NBA practices, the pushing and shoving under the basket gets a little intense, but these guys are your teammates. The rule is when you go to the locker room it all stays out on the court. You let it go.

Delonte West did not follow that rule today, starting a fight with Von Waver in the locker room. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld described what happened.

During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball. West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer.

After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn’t see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team’s veterans…

Sources close to the situation say that the Danny Ainge and the Celtics have grown tired of West’s confrontations with teammates and are considering releasing the point guard. West is on a non-guaranteed contract and his distractions could result in that deal being terminated.

Adrian Wojnarowski added in a tweet that West thought Wafer responsible for a quote in the Boston media that it was obvious West had gone off his meds. West is treated for bi-polar disorder.

This is bad news for West. Chemistry and fitting in that locker room is paramount in Boston, and starting fights in locker rooms is verboten. West has not played for the team yet as he is serving his 10-game suspension for weapons charges. Add all that together with a non-guaranteed deal and this could be it for West in Boston.

Today in international basketball brawls, China vs. Brazil

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UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Chinese Basketball Association has issued a formal apology for their players going off and beating the crap out of the Brazilian team. (Sorry Brazil, round one goes to the Chinese.) The entire Chinese team will have to attend good sportsmanship classes. Seriously. That is the punishment. A class.

“The CBA apologizes to the Brazilian side and all other parties over the incident which created such serious consequences,” association vice chairman Li Jinsheng said in a statement.

3:42 pm: Pretty soon we’ll have some NBA “fights” where two guys will stand around and jaw, maybe bump a little, with nobody leaving the bench and no punches thrown.

International basketball, a lot more like hockey.

This fight is from a tournament in China, where Brazil came over to play. There are a couple hard fouls and then…

Warning, if you don’t like expletives, turn down the volume now, because former Hornets and Cavaliers assistant Bob Donewald lets it fly. Then the fight itself starts and will not stop, even when Brazil tries to leave the court (the fight starts around 1:15).

Brazil has pulled out of this tournament. Wisely.

(Via SLAM)

Derek Fisher was not in fight in an Oklahoma City Waffle House, but he was in a Waffle House

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nba_fisher_250.jpgWhen an Oklahoma City radio station started reporting that the Lakers Derek Fisher had been involved in a fight at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City, pretty much everyone around the Lakers said, “Fisher? In a fight? We’re not buying that.”

Say what you will about Fisher’s game — and Lakers fans have — nobody questions his character. Guy is a rock in the locker room. President of the Players Association. Four rings. Calm under pressure. And not a fighter. Oh, sure, the guy setting a pick on him may get the odd “inadvertent” elbow to the gut, but that’s different than a fight in a restaurant.

Turns out, Fisher likes waffles (who doesn’t?), was in a Waffle House in Oklahoma City a year ago and a fight broke out. But he was not involved, he told the Orange County Register.

These reports are false. I was not involved in an altercation and would have hoped that the media would check their sources and facts before reporting or insinuating that I was in any way violent.

“To be clear, over a year ago, I was a witness to an altercation at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City after a regular season game. The police were called after a fight broke out between two patrons. I reported what I had seen, was thanked by the police for my assistance and returned to my hotel.

“I was an innocent bystander and simply assisted police that evening.”

Lakers fans just read that and started making jokes about him being an innocent bystander as Russell Westbrook blows past him. That’s fair game, but the Fighting Fisher jokes are over.