The “Boston Brawl” that took place in Wednesday night’s Brooklyn Nets win against the Boston Celtics may have people all over the league talking, but Kris Humphries wants no part of any of the talk. The media has been asking Hump for comment after comment and he has refused to acknowledge the incident as if it would give it credence if he did.
Humphries finally spoke about the incident yesterday for the first time so what did he have to say?
“Nah. I don’t care,” Humphries told reporters in Orlando Friday in a video posted on the Nets’ official website. “When a team loses a game, they want to sit there and point fingers. You gotta focus on yourself and what your own team is doing when you lose.”
As for Terry’s “soft” comment?
“That’s their opinion,” Humphries said. “Like I said earlier, Avery Johnson’s not calling us soft, so we don’t have to worry about that.”
Wednesday night’s second-quarter melee escalated after Humphries fouled Garnett as he was shooting a jumper.
“I think he was off balance a little bit when he took the shot, and it was just a foul on the arm. I’m not really focused on that,” Humphries said. “Like I said earlier, that’s old news. We’ve gotta play Orlando tonight.”
John Paolantonio, Contributor
In my opinion Kris Humphries did nothing wrong at all except stop a layup attempt by Kevin Garnett, without intent to harm, while the Nets were hammering the Celtics by 16 points in the second quarter at TD Bank Garden.
Garnett was off balance and hit the floor in an awkward fashion although the foul was not “hard” nor was it “flagrant” in any way. Rajon Rondo (suspended twice last year) decided to take it upon himself to be the Celtics personal team protector and went after Humphries and a melee ensued into the stands. The fight was a complete overreaction to a normal NBA foul by Humphries and three players were ejected so the game took on a different tenor from that point on.
The game could have turned in the Celtics favor since two Nets, Wallace and Humphries, were ejected and only one Celtic, Rondo was ejected but the gritty new version of the Nets didn’t allow that to happen and finished off the Celtics 95-83.
Celtics Rajon Rondo received a two-game suspension without pay and Humphries was not fined nor suspended which was the right call Stu Jackson. Garnett was fined $25,000 and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000.