New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony won’t be in uniform Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers, after being handed a one-game suspension for his actions after Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics.
The question though is did ‘Melo deserve to get suspended?
That answer is a crystal clear yes, without a doubt.
You simply cannot be allowed to act in the fashion Anthony did following the Celtics game, whether blows were thrown or not. Anthony said he just wanted to talk to Garnett and that may be true, but there are better ways to go about that then waiting for someone by their team bus.
NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said it best in a statement (via ESPN’s Ian Begley).
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” Jackson said. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game, and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
There is just one small problem with the entire situation and that is the fact that no discipline was handed Garnett’s way.
It takes two to tango and a situation such as Monday night doesn’t escalate to the point that it did, without two people stirring the pot, not just one.
By not suspending Garnett as well, the NBA sends a clear message his way.
They are saying that they will tolerate him acting like a punk whenever he sees fit.
There is no doubt that Anthony shouldn’t have allowed KG to get under his skin. There is even less doubt to the fact that he shouldn’t have acted in the fashion he did following the game.
But to not hand down some sort of punishment to the other party is a little bit ridiculous.
If the NBA continues to allow a guy like Garnett to continue to act the way he does, one day it will lead to something nasty.
When that happens, they will look foolish for not taking action sooner.
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