- ESPN reported that the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets had a confrontation in the locker room after their game on Monday night and that security came in to separate them.
- After the game, the “Inside the NBA” crew at TNT could not keep it together, with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal howling with laughter at the news.
- The teams meet two more times this season.
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets reportedly got into a bit of a fracas on Monday night.
After the Clippers won what had been a chippy game, 113-102, four Rockets players – Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green – “breached” the Los Angeles locker room to confront their opponents, ESPN reported.
As the two sides traded barbs, the Clippers dared the Rockets to step closer, but security arrived to break up the matter before anything got physical, the report said.
The “Inside the NBA” crew on TNT covered the fallout of the scrap, but they could barely make it through a segment as Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley laughed at the idea that the two sides would have come to blows.
Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson attempted to reel in the two, but Barkley and O’Neal were laughing too much to be reached.
“I played in the NBA for 16 years, and I’ve been on TV for 18 years,” Barkley said through tears, “and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a police presence” in a locker room.
“Hello, police?” O’Neal said jokingly, throwing his notes in the air. “Chris Paul tried to beat me up.”
Watch a clip of the broadcast:
Can't we just hug it out, y'all?
Chuck and Shaq couldn't believe it when they heard about last night's reported locker room altercation following the Rockets and Clippers game ????????????. pic.twitter.com/Tv59QxyHCX
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 16, 2018
Never change, Charles and Shaq.
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