Knicks Rumors: Bill Walker and Kevin Garnett Squashing Beef Cools Heated Rivalry

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Bill Walker #5 of the New York Knicks reacts to a foul call during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2011 in New York City. 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. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Kevin Garnett isn't the superstar he once was, but he is every bit "ready for war" at all times.

In the season opener, he missed a game-tying shot attempt and promptly got into a heated exchange with Knicks guard Billy Walker.

It didn't just include words either.

Garnett actually put his hands to Walker's throat but quickly let go as the two separated but continued to jaw with each other.

According to ESPN, Garnett will not receive any punishment from the league for the altercation.

And, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Walker and KG are cool too. Walker is quoted as saying:

“When I was leaving the arena, I talked to him. We’re both competitors; we wanted to win. Emotions run high when you play at that level. We shook hands...I still respect those guys,’’ Walker said. “It was in the heat of the moment."

And by those guys he means the Celtics, a team he used to play with before being traded to New York.

It is hardly a surprise to see these two reconcile. KG is a well-known bully on the court and Billy has plenty of fire to him as well.

These two teams will see each other plenty and this won't be the last time we see a dust-up.