King disagrees with brawl discipline


Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King disagreed with the disciplinary measures resulting from Wednesday night's second-quarter melee with the Boston Celtics, but declined to elaborate.

Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, suspended Celtics guard Rajon Rondo two games without pay for fighting with Nets forward Kris Humphries. Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000, while Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for "escalating the altercation."

"Let's just put it this way: I had a lengthy conversation with Stu Jackson in which we agreed to disagree," King said.

"Stu has a tough job at the league, and they make decisions, (that) from a team standpoint, you don't agree with, but they have to make tough decisions. I don't want to share my conversation with him because I don't think that's fair because his job is tough."

King didn't care that Celtics reserve guard Jason Terry referred to Humphries as "soft."

"I just think that guys play and guys say things. I know our guys played their butts off last night, and played very physical and are doing a great job for us," King said. "I really could care less what the Celtics say about Kris. I just know what we does for us."

With the Nets up 16 and 29.5 seconds left in the first half, Humphries fouled Garnett as he was shooting a jumper. Garnett landed hard on the parquet floor, which prompted Rondo to aggressively go after Humphries, shoving the Nets power forward with two hands. Rondo and Humphries proceeded to head toward the stands behind the basket, with Humphries pulling Rondo's jersey over the point guards head like a hockey fighter. Meanwhile, Garnett and Wallace exchanged shoves nearby.

After the fight was broken up, the officials handed out six technical fouls: two each on Humphries and Rondo, who were both ejected, and one each on Wallace and Garnett. Since Wallace already had one, he was also thrown out as a result.