It all started with something as simple as jocking for position to grab a rebound. During Game 5 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Charlie Ward and P.J. Brown got into a bit of a wrestling match in the paint. Soon after, Brown flipped Ward on the baseline hardwood and all hell broke lose. New York was leading the series 3-1 at the time, but lost Game 5. After leaving the bench during the scuffle, Ward, Patrick Ewing, and Allan Houston were suspended for Game 6; Larry Johnson and John Starks were suspended for Game 7 (Brown was suspended for both games). The Knicks lost both games and the series. But as all of you basketball enthusiats know, this was only a tune-up for what was going to happen the very next year...
P.J. Brown vs. Charlie Ward