Oct 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) guards Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, Rockets’ Dwight Howard fight (video)

With Dwight Howard changing teams (he was, of course, traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers) and trying to recover from several injuries, including a herniated disc, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player of the Year Award last season.

Howard is a three-time winner of the award, winning it from 2009-2011 (New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler won in 2012).

Although a healthy Howard is considered the most dominating defender in the league, Gasol has been a defensive force and certainly was deserving of the award last season. Gasol averaged 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game and helped lead the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals.

During Friday night’s game between the Rockets and Grizzlies, Howard and Gasol got into a bit of an altercation.

On one play early in the first quarter, Gasol threw Rockets’ point guard Patrick Beverly to the floor and Howard took exception. Howard shoved Gasol and Gasol responded by shoving Howard back. The two were quickly separated and nothing more came of the situation.

These two squads will meet for the first time in the regular season in Memphis on November 25.

Tags: Dwight Howard Houston Rockets Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

  • IBleedBolts

    As Kobe once said, if anyone in the NBA could actually fight, we wouldn’t be playing basketball. Good for Dwight to “stand up” for his new teammate. But the last of the NBA players who are actually down to throw fists is going away with Metta World Peace.