Clippers' Chris Paul irked that Pau Gasol rubbed his head [Video]
In the midst of a hailstorm of trash talk between Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant with 1.1 seconds remaining in the Lakers-Clippers game, Paul Gasol reached down and rubbed Paul's head.
The gesture incensed Paul, who proceeded to smack Gasol's hand away, then retaliate by aggressively touching Gasol's mane.
In the locker room following the Clippers 96-91 loss, Paul was still steaming over the incident.
"Don't touch the top of my head like I'm one of your kids," Paul said.
"I don't know what his intention was, I don't know if he's got kids, but I'm not one of them. I'll treat him like little Chris."
Gasol, however, claimed there was no bad intent in the head rub.
"I'm sorry he felt that way," Gasol said.
"I do that all of the time with my teammates. It's OK, it's like if I touch your shoulder or your back. Nothing mean mean about it."
There is definitely some lingering tension between Paul and Gasol.
The Lakers attempted to make a trade in early December which would have sent Gasol to Houston in exchange for Paul. (NBA Commissioner David Stern promptly put the kibosh on that deal.)
After the team's first exhibition, Gasol said he didn't even speak to Paul.
"There were no words exchanged," Gasol said. "I really have nothing to say to him."
The Gasol-Paul interaction was just one of many chippy incidents in a game with six technical fouls, one flagrant and one ejection.
The Lakers and Clippers series is now tied at 1-1.