Wafer, West brawl after Celtics practice

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed that backup guards

Delonte West and Von Wafer scuffled after practice on Friday.

Rivers said any discipline would be handled internally.

”There was a fight, and that’s all you need to know,” Rivers

said before Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks. ”I’m

going to leave it alone, but obviously I’m not thrilled that it

happened. Let’s talk about the Knicks.”

Wafer declined to comment before the game, referring questions

to Rivers and general manager Danny Ainge. His Twitter page

included the comment, ”i love my team, we family,” but Wafer

denied tweeting anything.

West was not available for comment.

According to a report on Hoopsworld.com, which first reported

the fight, the two were playing three-on-three when West became so

physical that Wafer left for the locker room. As he was leaving,

West swore at him.

After Wafer showered, the website reported, West approached him

from behind and punched him. Wafer retaliated before teammates

separated them. The website said tempers also flared between the

two about a week ago.

Celtics guard Ray Allen said he didn’t expect there to be

lingering animosity.

”I’ve seen a lot of fights. You’d be amazed,” Allen said. ”It

doesn’t change the dynamics of the team. Sometimes guys are just

angry and have a bad day.”

West is inactive for the first 10 games this season after

pleading guilty this summer to weapons charges in Maryland. West

played for Cleveland last season. He was traded to Minnesota and

waived by the Timberwolves before the Celtics signed him.

Wafer is with his sixth team in six seasons.