It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good ole’ fashioned melee in the NBA.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Indiana Pacers 108-97 home victory over the Golden State Warriors last night, a skirmish broke out between Warriors All-Star forward David Lee and Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
It began with Hibbert taking offense to a late push by Lee, which then led to both players shoving each other back and forth.
More players got involved, including a surging Stephen Curry, who made an attempt to separate the 7’2, 280 pound Hibbert from his teammates.
Roy then proceeded to toss Stephen to the ground in a violent manner. The brawl eventually made its way to the fans courtside, before being broken up by officials.
Here’s a look at the events that transpired, in its entirety.
Roy Hibbert fight like he the Bad News Brown god bless him
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 27, 2013
Roy hibbert showed more fire and passion in the brawl tonight then he has playing ball in 2 years!!
— Justin Daniels (@showtime352c) February 27, 2013
Som1 almost got trampled lol
— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) February 27, 2013
Pacers-Warriors brawl not as bad as it looked at first. Too much density of players and lots of pushing around.
— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) February 27, 2013
I wish Roy Hibbert woulda dropped David Lee.
— Reid Chwalek (@Merlin_Da_Wzrd) February 27, 2013
Roy Hibbert also wouldn’t pay Tom Haverford’s tab, so he’s always kind of been mean to skinny guys.
— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) February 27, 2013
— PacersWildman (@Jaxon91) February 27, 2013
Based on his heavy involvement and ejection, I would think that some sort of suspension is in order for Roy Hibbert. One to two games seems fair, considering he was the instigator of it all.
Since no one else was ejected from the game, I doubt any other Pacers or Warriors players will see any heavy punishments from the league.