PHOENIX — Suns teammates Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a screaming and shoving match on the bench during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
The fight appeared to start over an on-court disagreement, which Morris was attempting to explain during a timeout. But it escalated to shoving and then cameras caught Morris’ hand around Goodwin’s throat before the two were separated.
Goodwin was removed from the game following the timeout but returned to start the second quarter.
After the game, reporter Gerald Bourguet posted to Twitter Morris’ comments on the incident.
"We’re family," Goodwin said. "It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me."
Suns interim coach Earl Watson downplayed the incident after the game, though he said he hadn’t seen video of the whole encounter.
"I wouldn’t say it was a fight," Watson said. "I would say it’s a pushing match. I’ve never seen an NBA player really fight. They push and then run behind referees."
"They’re the closest on the team. They’re like big brother, little brother," Watson added, noting the two players used to live together. "… We have to learn how to control our emotions. Other than that, those two are really close.