So…there was a fight today. Okay, everyone by now has heard the reports of a fight between Von Wafer and Delonte West. This is obviously big enough news for Doc Rivers to comment on in tonight’s pregame interviews (straight from Brian Robb who is at the Garden):
Doc on the fight:
“There was a fight and that’s all you need to know. So I’m going to leave it alone but you know, obviously I’m not real thrilled with it but it happened and we’ll handle it.”
On how it will affect Delonte West‘s reputation:
“We’ll just handle it. I’m going to leave it at that. It should stay inside the locker room. It didn’t and that’s okay but we’re just going to leave it alone.”
On whether the blame for the altercation was shared equally between Von Wafer and Delonte West:
“I’m not going to say one way or the other.”
On the frequency of fracases:
“Oh they happen. Some you’re fine with and some you’re not. I’m not going to say one way or another on this one but let’s talk about the Knicks. I would prefer that.”
Pressed with one more question, Doc commented on whether or not he thought it would have an overall affect on the team:
“It could. I doubt it. I hope not. You never know. I hope it does not; especially tonight.”
It’s hard to glean anything substantial from these pregame quotes. Any comment would really be gross speculation. So let’s do it!
With the reports and these pregame comments, it appears as though the team is stuck between a rock and hard place. It’s widely assumed that West is really the antagonist in this whole situation but he’s also the far more useful player. If Wafer were to be waived given this situation I would be really interested to see if he had any “wrongful firing” recourse. Players get waived all the time so I doubt it but this kind of stuff makes me want to be a contract lawyer.
That’s it for now. I cannot wait to see how this whole situation plays out.