Sunday, October 31, 2010
Delonte West, Von Wafer laugh off fight
By Chris Forsberg
Two days after Boston Celtics teammates Delonte West and Von Wafer engaged in a locker room fight, West said that he and Wafer moved on and laughed off the altercation.
"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," West said. "Things went a little far, but at the same time, we were able to move past that. We're professionals."
Asked if he felt the two had patched things up, West added: "Oh yeah, no question. We laughed about it [Sunday]."
West and Wafer got into a fistfight after a competitive game of three-on-three following a team meeting Friday morning. The two players were guarding each other when West repeatedly fouled Wafer, according to a report on Hoopsworld.com, which first reported the incident. Wafer headed to the locker room in the team's practice facility in Waltham, but was later followed by West, who threw the first punch and the two wrestled, according to the website.
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.
"Guys get into scuffles, or whatever you want to call them. At the end of the day, we're like brothers in here," West said. "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."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.