Akeem Olajuwon knows the NBA is cracking down on fighting, but that didn't keep him from swinging at J.R. Reid.
Both players were ejected in the third quarter of Thursday night's game between Houston and Charlotte after a fight that Olajuwon said was started by Reid's flying elbows.Olajuwon, the Rockets center, said although he was aware of the stricter enforcement of fighting rules, "when somebody does something like that, you can get into it."
The NBA on Friday fined Olajuwon $5,000 and Reid $1,000.
Reid claimed he was just trying to work his way through Olajuwon's pick. Olajuwon said he did so with his elbow.
Reid was fined this week for an incident on Nov. 21 when a flying elbow knocked out five of Billy Thompson's teeth in a game against Miami.