Posted January 08, 2013

Knicks’ Anthony says squabble with Celtics’ Garnett ‘crossed a line’

Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, New York Knicks

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By Ben Golliver

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett sound ready to move forward after chippy play during a Monday night game at Madison Square Garden turned into a postgame confrontation. We now wait to see whether NBA commissioner David Stern is similarly willing to let bygones be bygones.

Anthony and Garnett engaged in some rough play and trash talk on the court, earning double technical fouls during the fourth quarter, before Anthony sought out Garnett at the Celtics’ locker room and team bus to continue the conversation after the game. CSNNE.com captured video of Anthony waiting by the Celtics’ bus with a number of security guards standing in between him and the door as Boston’s players loaded up after the game. Anthony did not meet with reporters after Monday’s game and Garnett downplayed the events as “heat of the battle” fare.

The Associated Press reported from Knicks practice Tuesday that Anthony believes his postgame actions should not warrant discipline from the league office, which could include a fine and/or suspension. The NBA league office plans to investigate the incident.

“Nothing happened for me to be suspended,” he said. “I wanted to talk to KG. I think it was something we both needed to get off our chest and see what really the problem was. No altercations, it was just some words and a conversation that we needed to have.”

“It’s over with for me. Whatever happened last night, happened. The words that was being said between me and Garnett, it happened, can’t take that away,” Anthony said. “I lost my cool yesterday, I accept that, but there’s just certain things that push certain people’s buttons.”

Anthony also indicated that he felt Garnett’s trash talk crossed the line, but that the two All-Stars are ready to move on.

”There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said. ”I felt like we crossed a line, but like I said, we both have an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors, so that situation was handled.”

The Associated Press reported on Monday night that Garnett didn’t see anything unusual with the exchanges.

“Listen, heat of the battle, man. Guys go back and forth. He’s trying to get his team to go, I’m trying to get my team to go, both teams are colliding, not to mention that it’s the Knicks and the Celtics,” Garnett said. “Just what it is, man.”

The New York Daily News reported Monday that Garnett was unsure why Anthony was waiting for him by the bus and that Knicks coach Mike Woodson helped defuse the situation.

ESPNNY.com reported Tuesday that Anthony and Garnett communicated “over the phone following the bus incident” to hash out their differences.

From a disciplinary standpoint, Anthony made the best of a bad situation and did himself a number of favors on Tuesday. He took responsibility for his actions, made clear his intentions, offered a fairly rational explanation for why he reacted so unusually and expressed a willingness to bury the drama and move forward. All of those statements should play well with Stern, who surely wasn’t thrilled to find out that video of the Big Apple’s biggest basketball star anxious to continue the dialogue in the parking lot was circulating on Monday night.

The Knicks don’t play their next game until Thursday, when they visit the Pacers in Indianapolis, so the league will have a few days to determine its course of action. In the event Garnett faces disciplinary action for his role in the exchange, the Celtics next play Wednesday against the Suns in Boston.

Anthony’s most noteworthy prior suspension dates back to his days with the Nuggets in 2006, when he was suspended for 15 games for his role in an on-court fight with the Knicks. He was also suspended by the Nuggets for two games in 2008 following a DUI arrest.

The Celtics defeated the Knicks 102-96. Anthony finished with 20 points, five assists and three rebounds and shot only 6-of-26 from the field in 37 minutes. Garnett had 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes for the Celtics, who won without the suspended Rajon Rondo. Boston improved to 17-17 with its third consecutive victory. New York fell to 23-11.

Video via CSNNE and YouTube user CripwalkinK

12 comments
stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Talking about somebody in a player's family is CROSSING THE LINE!  KG needs to get his.

 

Is it true he said "Happy Mother's Day, M-----Fer to Tim Duncan?  If so the dude should have been suspended the rest of the season.  Duncan's mom died when he was 13.  Classless thing someone ever said as far as I know.

hoopie4life
hoopie4life

Carmelo is a punk and a liar. If he was waiting to KG to talk to him then why is there a TMZ video showing him yelling at KG at the bus? Liar. I guess Knickers fans have amnesia about how he sucker punched the Knicks when he was with the Nuggets.  KG talks trash, then Carmelo cries and acts like a five year old. Embarrassing.

eudaimonia
eudaimonia

Garnett is a trashtalker, but he's earned it. Melo sit down and quit yapping. And waiting outside at the team bus is absurd and only generates media. NBA bulls##t. Lucic, even with a 4 inch height deficit, could handle either of these clowns on the ice or off.

sandifjm
sandifjm

I like Garnett, and think he's a great player, but he's probably the fakest tough guy in the league.  The city of Boston seems to specialize in that as Milan Lucic is also the fakest tough guy in the NHL.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

There is no need to harp on this incident. Both men have explained what happened, no punches were thrown and neither one should be fined or suspended. It was just a heat of the moment, adrenaline-pumping thing during a hard-fought contest, and everyone should move on, including the media. Stern would be a total doofus and insecure jackwagon to do anything to these two. 

MikeKW
MikeKW

Kevin Garnett is a dirty little punk, always has been.  Someone in the NBA needs to just meet him on the street and beat his a$$ 

Epoch1
Epoch1

After watching the replay a few times it's pretty clear that KG's words are sharper and hit harder that his elbows. Melo needs to man up if he's going to play with the big dogs down low

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

The CHILD actor AKA 'Melo, got PLAYED by the master (KG), and now he cries FOUL. I think a name change is in order, like..... 'Melo 'ellow (Yellow). ZZzzsst!

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @hoopie4life Can you read?  "Anthony and Garnett engaged in some rough play and trash talk on the court, earning double technical fouls during the fourth quarter, before Anthony sought out Garnett at the Celtics’ locker room and team bus to continue the conversation after the game."  Why didn't KG come out?  He can talk that ish but can't back it up by stepping off a bus? Buwahahahahahaha, SKURRED!

CriscoLeaner
CriscoLeaner

 @M as in Mancy What has Garnett ever done but instigate and then hide behind teammates?  He almost got snuffed out by Anthony Peeler.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @CriscoLeaner  Ha ha! That's very true. Both are loudmouths and in the words of Kevin Durant: "fake tough". But in a match against my sister, I'm taking KG.