During last Monday’s game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett engaged in some trash talk and some physical play that earned the two double technical fouls. Following the game, Anthony waited near the Celtics team bus for Garnett to further discuss what happened on the court. CSNNE.com captured video of Anthony waiting by the Celtics team bus while players loaded their gear.
During practice the next day, Anthony felt that nothing he did deserved a suspension according to the Associated Press via the Seattle Times:
The NBA is investigating and has video evidence. It could decide to penalize Anthony, who said he shouldn’t be suspended.
“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.”
Anthony and Garnett had both received technical fouls with 9:03 remaining in the game.
“I lost my cool yesterday, I accept that, but there’s just certain things that push certain people’s buttons,” Anthony said.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony was off on those sentiments and has been suspended by the league for one game for attempting to confront Garnett following the game.
The NBA has suspended New York’s Carmelo Anthony one game for confrontation with Kevin Garnett.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 9, 2013
Anthony will serve his suspension tonight against the Phoenix Suns, who have struggled to win games against opponents all season. While not having Anthony for any games is tough for the Knicks, not having him against Phoenix may not be the worst situation for the Knicks.
Anthony may have done his self some favors during that Tuesday morning practice by owing up to his mistake and taking responsibility for his actions for Monday night.
Garnett has since said that he and Anthony have spoken over the phone and shrugged off the incident as a heat of the battle altercation. Garnett has not been punished for the night’s incidents.