Monday night was exactly what was expected between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks- an emotional and physical basketball game.
Apparently Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony didn’t get the memo.
Kevin Garnett clearly got under Anthony’s skin in the Celtics 102-96 victory at Madison Square Garden, but according to ESPN’s Ian Begley and Chris Forsberg, ‘Melo took things a step further after the game.
The two players reportedly got into an altercation in the bowels of Madison Square Garden and building security and New York City police officers were called upon to defuse the incident, two sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPNNewYork.com.
According to Forsberg, after the game, Anthony angrily walked off the floor and out of the tunnel that visiting teams use to exit the floor, instead of exiting out of the Knicks’ tunnel.
He also reported that Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler appeared to try to stop ‘Melo, but he blew right by Chandler. According to one of the sources with knowledge of the incident, Anthony approached the Celtics’ locker room and was screaming.
Anthony then approached Garnett near the Celtics’ team bus. MSG security and the police intervened, according to a source.
There is also video to document that, as Anthony is waiting by the Celtics bus while Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson attempts to calm him down.
Forsberg also writes that according to a police source, the two stars did not come to blows, but Anthony was still hot after getting into a confrontation with Garnett in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ win that resulted in a double technical.
The incident could result in a suspension and a fine for both players, especially Anthony.
Anthony did not meet the media after the game, but Garnett had the following to say:
“Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw back and forth,” Garnett told Forsberg. “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. Just what it is.”
While all of that may be true, Anthony showed he still has a long way to come as a leader.
Both Garnett and Anthony right now could be on the same team in the All-Star Game as both would be in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference if the voting ended today.
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