New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony is no stranger to suspensions, having already had to sit out and watch his teammates lose a game after his altercation with Boston Celtics’ forward Kevin Garnett.
After Sunday night’s skirmish with Philadelphia 76ers big man Spencer Hawes many thought that would be the case once again, but Anthony and Knicks fans alike can sleep better knowing that ‘Melo won’t be disciplined for his actions.
In the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Anthony hit Hawes in the back of the head as the two were fighting for position on a rebound. Hawes angrily approached Anthony but was pushed away by Tyson Chandler.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the league, according to a source, reviewed the matter but has decided against suspending Anthony, who has been in the middle of several skirmishes — both with officials and opponents — this season.
That’s big because the Knicks-only 15-15 in their past 30 games- are losing hold of the Atlantic Division lead and can’t afford to take the court with their best player in street clothes once again.
Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring at 28.4 points per game, but has missed seven of the Knicks 53 games on the season, either due to suspension or injury. The Knicks are only 3-4 in those games.
In addition to being suspended for a game, ‘Melo was also ejected from a December game against the Chicago Bulls for receiving two technicals.
One thing Anthony has had a tough time doing this season is controlling his emotions, something Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson addressed after Sunday’s game.
“He’s just got to control his emotions,” Woodson told Begley. “Melo is a physical player and he likes contact, which is great. He doesn’t back away from contact. We had the altercation and we were able to pull away from it. No punches were thrown. They assessed the technicals and the flagrants the way they saw it and we moved on.”
However while ‘Melo escaped this situation without punishment, you would hope to see less of this type of stuff from him the rest of the season.
More leading the Knicks to wins, something that hasn’t happened frequently enough lately, and less side show stuff from Anthony and his teammates is the only thing that should be on the menu the rest of the regular season.
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