Carmelo Anthony Says He Has 'No Problem' with Kevin Garnett

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

BOSTON, MA - MAY 3:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE  (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brian Babineau/Getty Images

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett are fine.

Phew. Their tenuous relationship had been keeping many NBA fans up at night. How could we exist in a world where two players on different teams didn't want to spend their summer vacations together?

We couldn't, and apparently, we don't have to.

"I don’t have no problem with him [sic]," Anthony said of Garnett before the New York Knicks faced the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this season, per the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He don’t have no problem with me [sic]. We talk. We laugh. We joke. I see him out and abouts. No problems."

It was a different story this time last year.

'Melo was visibly frustrated by Garnett during a 102-96 home loss to the Boston Celtics, so much so that he waited for KG by Boston's team bus, causing quite an uproar.

From the New York Daily News:

An infuriated Anthony yelled at Garnett outside the Celtics’ locker room immediately after the game. He then tried to confront Garnett later as the Celtics were boarding their team bus to leave the Garden.

Garden security, five NYPD cops and Knicks coach Mike Woodson raced to defuse a potentially volatile scene at the midtown arena.

Further drama was averted, but the soap opera wasn't over.

It was revealed afterward that Garnett had made some derogatory Honey Nut Cheerios-related comments about Anthony's wife, Lala.

"It’s something you just don’t say to men, another man," Anthony later said, per the Daily News.

Headlines wrote themselves once again leading into New York's first-round playoff matchup against Boston. Anthony, to his credit, downplayed the significance of his beef with Garnett then, too.

'Melo is over this; we should be, too.
'Melo is over this; we should be, too.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

"It’s nonsense to me," he said at the time, via the Daily News' Frank Isola.

Naturally the subject was approached again before Brooklyn destroyed New York 103-80 in Madison Square Garden. What else is there to talk about? The Knicks' winning record?


The Knicks, listless, browbeaten and absolutely terrible, are bottoming out in a woeful Eastern Conference. Anthony has enough problems without harping on some serial trash-talker who once talked about, well, cereal.