And here's one from the Arizona Republic.
To some degree, both deal with the run-in between UW's Venoy Overton and ASU's Derek Glasser at the Pac-10 tournament last March. For a little refresher, here's how I described it that night from Staples Center:
About 14 minutes from the end, Pac-10 player of the year James Harden scored under the basket and was fouled. As he headed to the foul line, Washington’s Venoy Overton stood in his path and Harden continued, bumping chest to chest into Overton and pushing forward. Overton fell back and grabbed a fistful of Harden’s jersey as he fell flat on his back. Then ASU guard Derek Glasser walked directly over the sprawled Overton.
Both teams moved toward each other, but the incident was cooled there, and Romar escorted Overton away.“(Harden) came and bumped me,” Overton said. “I’m falling down and I grabbed to try to keep myself up and that’s when Glasser kind of came over the top of me. And the teammates that I got, they’re not gonna just let one player be pushed around, and they all came to my help. That’s how it is when you’re a team.”
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The officials sent the teams to their benches, and watched a replay. They finally assessed technical fouls on Harden, Overton and Glasser.
And whatever their feelings at the time, Harden and Overton were united in their stories afterward.
Harden: “It was a great competitive game; guys were just playing hard. I don’t know what happened, but guys were just playing hard.”
Overton: “Just two competitive teams going at each other, basically. A little pushing and shoving. Both teams were just trying to let each other know that they weren’t backing down.”
Overton mostly picked up that theme this week when asked about the incident: "He’s a tough guy. He’s just a rival I guess. I’ve played against him a lot of time. It’s just a Venoy-Derek Glasser show, I guess."
On whether going against Glasser is different from going against other guards: "Yeah. It’s just because we’ve got a little bit of history. But it’s really just another game."
On how the rivalry began: "We’ve been in some scuffles, close games, back-and-forth wins, talking back and forth. That’s how it starts."
On if part of the problem is that Glasser and Overton are a lot alike: "We’ve both got an attitude. We’re both winners. Just a love of the game, I guess."