How the Houston Rockets spoiled LeBron’s Lakers home debut

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is having a hard time comprehending why the National Basketball Association handed down a multiple-game suspension to point guard Chris Paul for his role in Saturday's brawl at Staples Center.

The league said Ingram was suspended for aggressively escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting referee Jason Phillips in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Harden. Late in the 4th quarter, a temper tantrum kicked off by Brandon Ingram would set off a fist fight between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.

Los Angeles Lakers' new forward LeBron James said he was not disappointed with the defeats in the first two games and the early struggles were normal for a side that overhauled their roster in the offseason to bring in the league's best player. After Ingram walks away, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul get into a brawl. The Rockets alleged that Rondo had spit on Paul - a claim the Lakers have denied. "Just stand there and get spit on and then take a punch in the face and say, "Well, that's OK", D'Antoni said.

Now, LeBron James is an NBA superstar (four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist), a philanthropist, an activist, a businessman and so much more. Following the game, Paul was adamant that Rondo spit on him during the fracas.

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Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni took exception to Paul's suspension, saying that he thought it was "not equitable" that Paul had to face suspension.

The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension. In the heat of the moment, when somebody does that, I mean that's tough. James, meanwhile, finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Lakers are now 0-2 on the young season.

The Rockets are a few months removed from reaching Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, and they've added Anthony to their attack.

It's unlikely that anybody was going to be happy with the result of the discipline just because of the bad blood involved.

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