When Brandon Jennings pushed JaVale McGee down in the final minute of Sunday's Wizards' loss to the Warriors and afterwards explained it was because McGee shot a three at the end of a blowout game, little did we know it would spark a national conversation about the NBA's unwritten rules.
It's a real thing now. The unwritten rules are legitimate, so says head coach Scott Brooks and others. On Tuesday, Brooks confirmed that he received an apology from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and explained how those unwritten rules are in fact a part of the game.
Then, later on Tuesday night, Lance Stephenson of the Pacers set off all sorts of anger from the Raptors by scoring a layup in the final seconds of a lopsided Indiana win. The whole debate began with Jennings and he just can't help but laugh with all that has happened since.
"Now everybody's like 'look what I started.' I'm not really starting anything. I just think all that stuff is funny," he said with a hearty laugh.
Jennings, a seven-year NBA veteran, says incidents like the one he had with McGee are much different now than they used to be with Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Videos can be shared so much easier than just a few years ago.
"I think with social media a lot of things get put [out there]. Everything is made a big deal now because of social media. Just like the situation between me and JaVale. I pushed him, it went viral and everyone is going crazy. Then, last night Lance Stephenson did it to Toronto. And then JaVale McGee gets a fight in the first quarter," Jennings said, again laughing.
After pushing McGee, Jennings told reporters in Oakland "any drama, I'm with it." He clearly doesn't shy away from conflict and isn't bothered by what people say about him afterwards.
"All that stuff is funny because everybody gets like crazy over it," he said.