Around the eight-minute mark of last night’s game season opener between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards, one particular play led to much controversy and a heated argument between players.
John Wall took off running after an outlet pass, going airborne toward the rim as Kent Bazemore came running in his direction to block it, stopping his momentum last minute and undercutting Wall on his way up.
The Wizards point guard was visibly upset and wouldn’t take reasoning from Bazemore, as he just came back from a knee surgery which took roughly five months to fully heal.
— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) October 28, 2016
Bazemore, who was whistled for a flagrant foul, seemed to defend himself in the moment, but upon reflecting on the play, was quite contrite.
“I don’t play the game that way,” he told ESPN after the game. “It was just an unfortunate play. We hugged and made up after that.”
Bazemore took to Twitter after the game and candidly apologized to the All-Star point guard.
This game has done wayyyy too much for me to play it that way. I've been undercut and it's not a fun feeling. My apologies bro @JohnWall
— Scot Harvath (@24Bazemore) October 28, 2016