Sunday, October 31, 2010
West: 'We laughed' about fight today
By Chris Forsberg
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Suggesting that veterans Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal brought some levity in the fallout of Friday's locker room scuffle, Delonte West said Sunday that both he and Von Wafer have moved on from the dust-up and actually laughed about the situation Sunday.
"I'm competitive, he's competitive, as long as it's for the betterment of the team, there's nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little far, but at the same time, we were able to move past that," said West. "We're professionals."
Asked if he felt the two had patched things up, West added: "Oh yeah, no question. We laughed about it today."
West and Wafer got into a fistfight after a competitive game of 3-on-3 following a team meeting Friday morning. Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed the fight that day, but said only that the team would address it and move on. On Sunday, West and Wafer stood in the same huddle with the second unit and West suggested the dust-up wouldn't linger.
"We're competitive guys," he said. "I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context, or facts were made up that were not true with how things played out. Guys get into scuffles, or whatever you want to call them. At the end of the day, we're like brothers in here. We had a big laugh about it today with the help of [Shaquille O'Neal] and [Kevin Garnett]. At the end of the day, we're trying to win. We're competitive -- fiery guys in here -- but you gotta move on. We're focused on the next game, the next challenge."
For more on the fight click HERE. Ray Allen previously noted the team moved on quickly from the situation and even predicted it would turn into comedy HERE.