March 28th 1999: Chris Dudley throws a basketball at Shaq
In a generally frustrating, nationally televised 99-91 loss against the trio of Kobe Bryant, Glen Rice, and Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Dudley had one of his most memorable moments as a Knick. Shaq gave Dudley many problems on the defensive end. During one stretch, Shaq received the ball in the post and easily dunked over Dudley. After the dunk, Shaq inadvertently pushed Dudley to the floor. Dudley immediately threw the ball, like a quarterback, at Shaq’s back and was immediately ejected from the game. In a truly Shaqtian manner, he didn’t realize Dudley hit him and laughed off the moment.
The game was a bit chippy earlier in the game. Kurt Thomas was ejected after tussling with Dennis Rodman attempting to box out for a rebound, as shown below:
For some reason, Kurt decided to push Rodman to the floor and ripped his jersey in the process. In typical Rodman fashion1, he walked away knowing that he just ejected another player.
Fortunately this was not the only fight between both teams as Chris Childs would show Kobe Bryant the art of the jabs next season.
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