Gregg Popovich is the clear constant of logical sense in the NBA. Speaking about the NBA's special brand of "come at me, bro!" non-fights, the San Antonio Spurs coach said:
Gregg Popovich: "Oh, you mean those typical NBA fights where they go, 'Let me at him. I would've kicked his ass. Somebody hold me back.' The NBA fights are the silliest things I've ever seen in my life. Except there was that one in the stands a few years ago, that one was ugly." pic.twitter.com/L5sZwgJEEp— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 18, 2018
Popovich is obviously 100 percent correct on this matter. NBA players aren't going to fight one another—at least not for the most part anyway (he did mention the infamous Malice at the Palace brawl). In the last few days though, there have been more fights and player ejections than usual.
We saw Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons meet in the tunnel after they were both ejected earlier this week:
Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry were both ejected after this confrontation. pic.twitter.com/Jwa0OXL0SQ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 15, 2018
The thing with this one though is—it seems at least as if Lowry is really about this life. He legitimately jogged to the hallway expecting to meet Simmons there, but kind of furthering Popovich's point to the extent of knowing that nothing really was going to go down.
We also saw the L.A. drama unfold Monday night between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers. This had everything from Trevor Ariza and Blake Griffin jawing back and forth with one another to Griffin and Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni arguing (causing D'Antoni to yell "fuck you," LMAO). Austin Rivers threw his unneeded two cents into the mix as well.
Things got heated in CP3's return to LA. pic.twitter.com/XmM5YvLAeU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2018
That was only half of it, but after the game is when it got crazy, which you can read about what happened here if you've been living under a rock for the last couple days. Once again, I doubt anything was gonna go down if the LAPD didn't get involved, causing this hysterical reaction from Shaq and Charles Barkley.
HOWEVER, I did say NBA players aren't going to fight for the *most* part, but Tuesday night between the Magic and Timberwolves was a different story. My guy Arron Afflalo really threw a haymaker at Nemanja Bjelica—which he somehow missed, but that not being the point, and both obviously were ejected after their scuffle.
Popovich was right on point (as usual), and it's a good thing that we don't see any real fights in the NBA anymore because there really isn't a need for it. Shoutout Popovich for always keeping it real though.