Alex Kennedy from Hoopsworld broke the news earlier this afternoon and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports confirmed the report that the C’s guards got into a tussle after an intense 3 on 3 practice session this morning. According to the reports, West was the instigator. Here’s Kennedy at Hoopsworld::
During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball. West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer.
After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn’t see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team’s veterans.
Exactly not what you want to see out of the Celtic locker room right now. Clearly these two have had their issues, starting from last week in practice when tempers flared during a game of two on two that Chris Forsberg reported on for ESPNBoston. After that incident, a report came out from Kennedy at Hoopsworld that it was “obvious” to teammates when Delonte wasn’t taking his meds. Given that knowledge, Woj tweets
the following this afternoon, as perhaps the ultimate reason for West’s alleged attacking of Wafer:
West believed Wafer was responsible for published anonymous quote saying it was “obvious” when West hadn’t taken his medicine, source says.
Kennedy, who has had the inside scoop on all things Wafer from day one (was first to report on his signing with the C’s) also had this tidbit to add from his article stating just how impatient the C’s had gotten with West:
Sources close to the situation say that the Danny Ainge and the Celtics have grown tired of West’s confrontations with teammates and are considering releasing the point guard. West is on a non-guaranteed contract and his distractions could result in that deal being terminated.
We will have much more on this situation, as well as analysis of how it will all effect the C’s year if any moves were to be made (West release) as it unfolds.
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