The first time the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks met this season, Boston came out on top 102-96, but the real story that came out of the game was the feud that arose between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.
In anticipation of their first game against each other since the incident, let's take a look back and remember exactly what went down.
The first time through, Garnett and Anthony were in the throes of some extremely physical play, wrestling for position and just generally getting into it.
Going further, the two continued to jostle, and something sparked them, presumably something that Garnett said to Anthony.
They were each hit with a technical foul, the game ended and that was that—until the game ended.
After the game, Carmelo went looking for Garnett in Boston's locker room, was turned away and eventually ended up standing by Boston's team bus, surrounded by security guards and waiting for Garnett.
A few tweets came out regarding Carmelo's punishment and the source of his anger, which remained extremely vague.
The NBA has suspended New York's Carmelo Anthony one game for confrontation with Kevin Garnett.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 9, 2013
Melo on what KG said to get under his skin: there's some things as men that you just don't say. #knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 8, 2013
This is when things started to get really weird.
A report came out from Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline with references to "sources" of people who were at the game that Garnett made comments about Carmelo Anthony's wife, LaLa Vasquez, telling Anthony that she tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.
Completely inane, probably inaccurate and just believable enough.
That's definitely something the Internet was going to latch onto.
LaLa plays along, thankfully.
Not for nothing,but we ALL deserve a check or some free cereal 4all the publicity we've given Honey Nut Cheerios! LOL #cantbelieveeverything
— LA LA(@lala) January 11, 2013
Finally, a full four days after it all went down, Doc Rivers weighed in on the entire situation during an interview with WEEI radio.
Not only did he say that Carmelo was acting crazy, but he denied the entire General Mills mockery (h/t Marc Berman of the New York Post)
I know what’s being reported did not happen. I know that as a fact.
A guy does something crazy like Carmelo did and the way to get out of it is to say, ‘Well he said this.’ It happens all the time. You know what bugs me about this whole thing is this is not a Kevin Garnett issue and it was made into one and it shouldn’t have been made into one.
For the first time since the entire incident, Anthony finally had some sort of response (h/t New York Daily News) to the allegations, and he kept it light-hearted, as it had been since the initial altercation. His response came while speaking at the launch of his signature sneaker.
"I’m definitely going to get a bowl of that, for sure."
Short, sweet and to the point. Solid response there Carmelo.
In the final real act of life in this story, a look at a t-shirt came out that pretty much summed up the entire ordeal.
It depicted Kevin Garnett as the Honey Nut Cheerios bee, throwing Carmelo's name onto the box. It's moderately funny, but already the joke is starting to get a bit stale.
This is, of course, the first time since the two first had their altercation that they'll meet in another game.
Since the incident, Carmelo has told reporters that he holds no grudge (via Ian Begley of ESPN) against Garnett, but we'll learn if he's telling the truth once the two meet again.