|Von Wafer denies incident, Doc Rivers confirms||10.29.10 at 7:30 pm ET|
[Click here to listen to Celtics coach Doc Rivers acknowledge the fight between Wafer and West.]
Before the Celtics game with the Knicks Friday, Von Wafer tried to downplay the incident that occurred between him and Delonte West earlier in the day.
“I don’t know what’s going on but you’ve got to talk to Doc [Rivers] and Danny [Ainge] about that,” Wafer said before the Celtics game with the Knicks. “What happened?” Pressed further, Wafer continued to deny that an altercation took place. “I don’t know nothing about it,” he said. “First time hearing about it.”
Both Ainge and now Rivers have confirmed that there was a fight between West and Wafer after practice Friday, the second incident between the two in the last week.
“There was a fight and that’s all you need to know,” Rivers said. “I’m going to leave it alone, but obviously I’m not real thrilled with it. We’ll handle it.” Rivers went on to say that it shouldn’t have been made public. “It should stay inside the locker room,” he said. “It didn’t and that’s OK, but we’re just going to leave it alone.”
Asked if it could have an affect on the Celtics, Rivers said, “It could. I doubt it. I hope not. You never know. I hope it does not.”
Wafer also denied posting anything to his Twitter account Friday afternoon. “I didn’t Tweet anything today,” Wafer said. “I didn’t Tweet one word today.” A post which was later deleted from Wafer’s account read: “Today was a test!…I am a professional and will continue to conduct myself as one…God has a plan for me.”
West was not in the Celtics locker room before the game. Other Celtics refused to answer questions about the incident.
“I was out of the locker room at the time,” Ray Allen said. “I just walked in and heard about it so I don’t really know anything about it. Everybody’s in here getting ready to play the game.”
“From my interpretation being here it was business as usual,” Allen continued. “We’re around each other too long. It’s 82 games and playoffs. I told you guys earlier in the year we argue to no end. A lot of times we have to agree to disagree. We are brothers. Kevin [Garnett] and I have known each other a long time. We argue with the best of them. We always have a difference of opinion. It is what it is. That’s just the nature of competition.”
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