Following the on-court scuffle that involved Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, and Chris Paul during last Saturday’s game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, it saw the second-year forward receive the longest suspension of three players with a four-game ban.
This was a suspension levied by the NBA that Ingram voiced on Monday that he was going to be handed a much larger punishment for his actions during last Saturday, according to Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“Well, it was better than we expected,” Ingram said at the Monday morning shootaround before the Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs. “I’m happy it’s only four but I know I got to control my emotions a little better.”
Ingram’s actions in the fight were among the most notable as one of the main culprits in the entire situation as he had initially shoved James Harden after he was called for the foul near the rim in transition. He had shoved Harden after the play was over that led to him exchanging some more words with the Rockets guard. This then led to both Rondo and Paul getting into a verbal exchange that led to the two throwing punches before being separated by teammates and the referees.
During this portion of the entire matter, Ingram had rushed over to throw a punch directed at Paul before he was pulled back by Carmelo Anthony and Lonzo Ball. This could have easily had led to a more stiff punishment handed down by the league onto him that would have kept him off the court longer.
Instead, he should be back in action next Monday on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves. More importantly, this provides him a learning experience onto how to better handle himself in these type of situations moving forward.
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