Isaiah Thomas was ejected in his second game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, a 139-117 beatdown suffered at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
The Lakers are now 0-2 since Thomas joined the team.
Of course, when it comes to meltdowns, Thomas wasn’t alone. Lakers coach Luke Walton and Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo were also tossed, with all three men exiting before halftime.
In fact, Rondo and Thomas were bounced at the same after a war of words.
Per the Los Angeles Times:
The first set of ejections came as the first quarter closed when Rondo clashed with Thomas for a moment. The two seemed to separate without incident, but Rondo wasn’t finished, leading to a verbal exchange that resulted in both players getting ejected.
What did Rondo say? Well, according to reports, it had little to do with the game and much more to do with Paul Pierce, Rondo’s former teammate with the Boston Celtics.
If you remember, Pierce had his number retired Sunday, the same day the Celtics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas, also a former member of the Celtics, played for the Cavaliers until the trade deadline.
Initially, the Celtics were planning a video tribute for Thomas on Sunday. But Pierce objected, not wanting to share his special day.
Rondo remains close with his former Celtics teammates (save for Ray Allen), and apparently, was chirping about Pierce to IT.
Isaiah Thomas said Rondo brought up the video tribute kerfuffle today when they went at it. He said Rondo hit him in the face 3 times without consequence before he reacted. Says he doesn’t know Rondo and doesn’t know why Rondo reacted to him the way he did.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 15, 2018
Lost in this story, of course, was the mammoth night had by Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis. All he did was finish with 42 points and 15 rebounds and help the Pelicans ride a three-game winning streak into the All-Star break.
The Lakers, on the other hand, have dropped two in a row, and as mentioned, both have taken place since Thomas came on board. before that, they had been playing pretty well for a stretch.
But this can hardly be pinned on Thomas. The Lakers (23-33) are a young team that has had more ups than downs, and they were due for another slide.
At any rate, Thomas followed up his 22-point Lakers debut by scoring three points in five minutes Wednesday. Former Cavaliers forward Channing Frye, who didn’t play in his first game as a Laker, also finished with three points vs. the Pelicans, playing 11 minutes.
Isaiah Thomas says Rajon Rondo hit him three times in the face and brought up the Celtics’ planned video tribute up to him on the court before they were ejected. IT says he doesn’t know what the beef is between the two but wondered if it was because his Celts beat Rondo’s Bulls pic.twitter.com/2ZgUeGZkJD
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 15, 2018