UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
According to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com, Anthony spoke about the incident briefly on Tuesday afternoon:
There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man. I felt he crossed the line. We 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 is handled.
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The New York Knicks lost to the Boston Celtics last night, and Carmelo Anthony took it very personally.
After verbally and physically sparring with Kevin Garnett throughout the night, the Knicks' star forward was visibly heated, according to Ian Begley and Chris Forsberg of ESPN.
The back-and-forth between the two culminated in a double technical on the court, but 'Melo was looking to take it even further in the tunnels of Madison Square Garden following the Knickerbockers' 102-96 defeat.
As you can see in the lead video, courtesy of Comcast Sportsnet, Anthony is waiting by the C’s team bus while coach Mike Woodson tried to talk some sense into the superstar. Team and arena security and on-duty police officers were on hand and reportedly needed to finally calm the swingman down.
One of Begley and Forsberg’s sources found that prior to Anthony’s appearance by the team bus, he was screaming outside the visitor locker room, with his vitriol possibly directed at Garnett.
Anthony didn’t speak to reporters, but KG did. He denied any postgame altercation, calling it “just basketball,” and had this to say about the incident that resulted in the double technical (as per ESPN):
Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw 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. Just what it is.
It was clearly more than “just basketball” to ‘Melo, as the Knicks forward is risking a serious fine and more for his actions. If it weren’t for Woodson and security, there could have been a serious showdown between the two superstars.
Hopefully the situation is defused for now, but we imagine things will be just as testy when the C’s host the Knicks in Boston for a nationally televised game on January 24.