Two Rockets Players Suspended After Clippers Locker Room Altercation

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Houston Rockets players Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have both been suspended for two games, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski,

The suspension is a result of Ariza, Green, James Harden and Chris Paul forcing their way into the Clippers locker room following a heated, end-of-game exchange during a loss in Los Angeles.

I’m shocked they only got two games. Absolutely shocked. The penalties for entering the locker room of an opposing team looking to stir up a fight should be way more than two games.

Again, I already said this would never happen in hockey because it’d result in somebody getting sent to the hospital. Obviously, NBA players don’t have a fraction of the toughness of NHL players. That doesn’t mean the league should just give them a slap on the wrist, which sends the signal that there’s not too much of a price to pay for looking to start fights. You want to behave that way then head over the NHL and do it like a man.

These players clearly forget what sport and what league they’re in. No room for this in the NBA. I would have hit them both with at least five games. Is an NBA player going to notice if two game checks go missing? Probably not, but five game checks disappearing is a different story. That’s sending a message.

Commissioner Adam Silver really dropped the ball on this one. Looks like they need to crown me the czar of basketball. I’d put an end to these shenanigans immediately.

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