After the blockbuster deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets for Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks, there was only a matter of time before questions about the fight between Humphries and Celtics' guard Rajon Rondo last season were addressed.
According to a CSNNE.com report by A. Sherrod Blakely, Humphries had this to say about the incident:
"So, that little spat you and Rajon Rondo had not that long ago ..."
"I knew it was coming," said a grinning Humphries who was among the three new Celtics introduced at a Monday afternoon press conference. "It took a few questions to get there."
The incident took place in a regular-season game on Nov. 28 in the second quarter with Humphries fouling, then Celtic center, Garnett and sending him tumbling to the floor. Moments later, Rondo responded with a shove to Humphries chest, which resulted into a pushing match that ultimately ended with Rondo and Humphries falling into the laps and feet of fans sitting in the front row near the Celtics bench.
Rondo, who was considered the aggressor by league officials, was later suspended two games for his role while Wallace and Garnett were fined $35,000 and $25,000 respectively for their participation in the altercation.
Humphries said he has not talked to Rondo since the trade.
"But I think we'll have a good relationship," Humphries said. "I think it happened within the game. You look at it, it really was nothing. The media tends to blow things out of proportion."
Last year, Humphries averaged just 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.