The Los Angeles Lakers got their 2015-16 preparations underway last night with a preseason game against the Utah Jazz and, as you might expect with the famous franchise, it was anything but understated.
The night's action saw Kobe Bryant's return to the court after months out through injury, whilst the team's hyped rookie, D'Angelo Russell, was forced out of the game with a muscle issue. And then there was Roy Hibbert.
The All-Star acquisition from the Indiana Pacers was involved in an on-court altercation with Utah's Trevor Brooker that saw Hibbert take a slap to the face, and Brooker lose his place in the game.
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The video of the incident, which can be seen below or via this link, shows that Hibbert wasn't exactly an innocent party as he rushed Brooker early in the third-quarter.
Considering the laid back nature of most preseason games, however, it is unlikely the big center was expected to be met by the open palm of his opponent.
Hibbert's initial action to be hit is one of shock, but it doesn't take long for the 7ft 2 inch to regain his composure. Indeed, the former Pacer actually goes after Brooker with a big grin on his face before being pulled away by his Lakers teammates.
Losing their cool early
With Hibbert a new arrival at the Staples Center, maybe the big man was simply trying to show his new teammates that he is willing to stand up for them.
As for Brooker, he found himself ejected from the game and became an instant social media star.
Lakers fans: Can Hibbert help bring success back to LA this season? Have your say in the comments below...