Mar 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Renaldo Balkman had a six-year career in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, but more notable perhaps was his 2005-06 season at the University of South Carolina. That year he led the Gamecocks to two wins over eventual national champion Florida, and was the NIT Tournament MVP. He was also part of the multi-player trade with the Nuggets that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.
Released by the Knicks last season, Balkman now plays professionally in the Philippines, although perhaps not for long. In a game between his Petron Blaze Boosters and the Alaska Aces on Friday night, Balkman went sort of nuts while protesting a call to officials.
The game was all but over in the dying seconds when a frustrated Balkman lost the plot after a non-call on an offensive play late in the match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, confronting the referees and later shoving away Petron coaches and players who tried to pacify him.
When Santos stepped in and retaliated after being shoved by the import, Balkman completely lost it. He held the Petron star in a choke, reminiscent of the Latrell Sprewell attack on coach PJ Carlesimo during their chaotic days together at Golden State.
Petron lost 83-73 to end a five-game win streak. Gotta love the announcers below, who treat the incident like they’re calling a WWE match. “Oh! Hes strangling Arwind!”
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