by Marcel Mutoni

And this time, Ron Artest had nothing to do with it!

The LA Sparks and Detroit Shock played earlier in Motown tonight, and things got a little , ahem, heated. Candace Parker took exception to some rough play underneath the boards, and after shoving a Plenette Pierson of the Shock to the floor, all hell broke loose.

Here’s the wild video.

The craziest part of the whole mess is assistant coach Rick Mahorn’s shove of Lisa Leslie. Dude actually knocked her to the floor. You stay classy, Rick!

Once a Bad Boy, always a Bad Boy I suppose. Naturally, head coach Bill Laimbeer came to his former teammate’s defense, and called him a “peacemaker”. Nice try, Bill.

Oh, by the way, the Sparks won the game by three points. If you care about that sort of thing, that is.

(Thanks to Holly for being a night owl, and for passing along the vid.)