It only took two games for the Lakers to take their “tough-guy” mentality too far.
The fight between Ingram, Rondo, and Chris Paul Saturday night was a headache for the league, as they had to work to control the situation and hand out the appropriate punishments.
Though, for some, the punishment just wasn’t severe enough.
“I think Adam Silver is the best commissioner in professional sports, but I don’t think he got this punishment correct,” said NBA analyst Jalen Rose on ESPN’s morning show Get Up! “In my opinion, Bradon Ingram should have gotten 15 games, Rajon Rondo should have gotten ten games, Chris Paul should have gotten the two that he was initially given.”
Like Jalen, many folks around the league are surprised at the light punishment Adam Silver gave such a serious event. And some have even pointed to a very interesting conspiracy that would actually explain everything.
“Now, looking through my phone and talking to a lot of people in NBA circles, there’s going to be conspiracy theorists, that say, ‘Hey! The league probably didn’t want to bury the Los Angeles Lakers with long suspensions. It’s a storied franchise. An iconic player joined their squad [LeBron James]. They’re in a tough Western Conference.’ If you give larger suspensions, say these conspiracy theorists, it may bury a team in that conference, and hamper their ability to make the playoffs.”
While there’s little evidence to support the theory, it would make sense for the NBA to show some leeway towards the Lakers. They’re a high market team with a rich history that currently holds the best player in the world. The Lakers make them money, especially in the playoffs.
Either that, or Adam Silver just gave these guys a break.
Pick what you want to beleive, but, at least for now, that “theory” is nothing more than an educated guess.