There’s been a lot going on in the NBA, which has recently turned into a hotbed of various issues. We’re talking about the spike in near-brawls, ejections, and fines that naturally follow after these unnecessary actions.
Just this week, the Houston Rockets roster apparently charged the L.A. Clippers in their locker room after a heated game. Words were reportedly exchanged but thankfully, the incident didn’t become something much worse.
It doesn’t stop there since some players from the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic also got into trouble while on the court.
Beyond these brawls, other NBA dramas have also been developing on the side:
The Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas beef
Remember the recent drama between the former Boston Celtics over a tribute video? It looks like the latter has won. It’s a long story but let’s just say Boston initially wanted to play a short tribute video for IT during Pierce’s No. 34 jersey retirement next month. After learning this, Pierce made it clear that he didn’t want to share the limelight with the little man which led to IT giving way.
Kawhi Leonard sits out indefinitely
The San Antonio Spurs superstar, who only recently made his comeback, seemed to be doing great. But you won’t be seeing Kawhi anytime soon after the Spurs decided to sit him out indefinitely. According to head coach Gregg Popovich, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and perennial MVP contender felt pain from a quadriceps injury that got him sidelined for the first 27 games of the season. Prior to this, Kawhi managed to score 19 points during their recent 112-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
LeBron James admits this season is the hardest
Despite having Isaiah Thomas to boost their firepower, the Cleveland Cavaliers were handed another tough loss in their highly anticipated rematch against the Golden State Warriors this week. LeBron pulled off flashy moves all night long as he tied Warriors star Kevin Durant for 32 points but this wasn’t enough to lift the Cavs over the Warriors who claimed a 118-110 victory.
After all was said and done, reports came in that some of the Cavs’ superstars were discontent with how the team was approaching things. LeBron’s say? This season was harder compared to the rest. “This is a difficult year for our team," he said. "Seems like I said it every year but this one has been even more challenging... but we have to figure it out.”