New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony commented on his decision to stand outside the Boston Celtics’ team bus after a heated battle between the two teams on Monday night.
Anthony and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett were involved in several intense moments during the contest, which the Knicks lost 102-96. After the game, Anthony waited for Garnett as the Celtics went to board their bus, as Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin notes.
On Tuesday, Anthony offered an explanation for his motivation (via Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com):
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.
Anthony finished the game with 20 points on just 6-for-26 shooting while Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both players were involved in an altercation that resulted in a double technical during the contest.
Anthony's frustration boiled over and resulted in the incident that has caused him to receive a significant amount of negative attention. Sheridan’s report quotes him saying:
Absolutely, and that was my whole mindset and motive of going back there and seeing him in the locker room and in the front, to have a one-on-one conversation and talk it out like grown men. I lost my cool yesterday. I accept that.
The NBA has not taken any punitive action over the incident, and as Anthony clearly states, all parties involved appear ready to move on. While the confrontation is in the past, it is unlikely to be completely forgotten.
With the Knicks owning the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, and the Celtics likely to extend their streak of five consecutive playoff appearances, a postseason series between these two teams is entirely possible. This incident would certainly be rehashed in that scenario, and it would make for an entertaining matchup.