The Boston Celtics, playing arguably their best basketball of the season, head into Wednesday night’s game with a chance to claim their longest winning streak of the season.
Following a hotly contested 102-96 Boston victory—one that saw both superstars pick up a double-technical—Anthony sought out Garnett near the Celtics’ locker room.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley and Chris Forsberg, the two likely All-Star game teammates got into a serious altercation in the Madison Square Garden tunnels. Luckily, the confrontation was quickly diffused by building security and New York City police officers.
One witness on the situation: “It was like being in the schoolyard.”
But what could make a professional athlete like Anthony lose his cool?
According to Black Sports Online’s Robert Littal, Garnett took a below-the-belt swipe at Anthony’s wife Lala Anthony, allegedly claiming that she “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
Anthony did not shed light on the validity of that statement, only claiming that Garnett crossed a line.
Carmelo on his motivation to find KG after the game: I just wanted to have a 1 on 1 conversation w/him and talk it out like two grown men.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 8, 2013
Garnett downplayed the event:
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 basketball. Just what it is.
Anthony seemed to share his counterpart’s mentality, stating that all he wanted to do was just “talk it out like two grown men.”
Recently, Chris Sheridan reported that the two had since had a phone conversation and that the situation is now “handled.”
However, new video released Wednesday morning by TMZ shows that the situation turned out to be a lot more physical and violent then both players made it out to seem. It almost got to the point of both players exchanging blows.
Where’s Bruce Buffer when you need him?
With Rajon Rondo receiving a one-game suspension for this, you’d have to expect Anthony is going to get a lot more than that for his antics Monday night.
The two teams will play again in Boston on Jan. 24.
Better get your popcorn ready.
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