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League will not discipline Rondo or Paul

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  November 5, 2009 11:42 AM

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After taking on a life of its own, the Rajon Rondo-Chris Paul situation is officially squashed as far as the NBA is concerned.

The NBA had said that it was reviewing the incident between the two star guards at the end of the Celtics win over the Hornets Sudnay, but NBA spokesman Tim Frank said today that there would be "nothing further" on the situation.

After egging each other on for much of Sunday's game, Rondo and Paul got into a mixup as the teams were shaking hands and had to be separated by Paul Pierce among others. The details from that point are all over the place, with Chris Paul seen going back and forth with Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau and reports that Ray Allen went into the Hornets locker room to apologize to Paul (which Allen explained as him simply going to Paul for autographs).

Both Rondo and Paul tried to move forward albeit in different ways. Rondo chose not to address the rivalry at all, while Paul spoke about Rondo after the game and then tweeted his version of the events the next day.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who was visibly annoyed Sunday with the way the things played out after the game, said before Tuesday's game in Philadelphia that he didn't expect anything to come of it. The players were whistled for a double technical in the second quarter, and those will cost the standard $1,000, but beyond that there will be no other form of discipline from the league.

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