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
”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.