Carmelo Anthony admits he lost his cool, talks it out with Kevin Garnett
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday "I lost my cool" during and after Monday night's 102-96 loss to the Boston Celtics. But the Knicks' MVP candidate stopped short of apologizing for his behavior outside the visitors' locker room and in the loading dock near the Celtics' team bus.
Upset with some things that were said during several heated on-the-court exchanges in the second half of the game, Anthony said he went to confront Kevin Garnett after the game.
"There's certain things you just don't say to another man," Anthony said after practice. "I felt like we crossed that line. We both have an understanding right now. We handled it the way we handled it. No one needs to say what was said behind closed doors."
Anthony declined to be more specific about the nature of Garnett's comments, and Garnett did not talk to reporters after the Celtics practiced Tuesday. According to a league source, Garnett and Anthony did speak by phone Tuesday to clear the air after Monday night's confrontation.
Anthony was heard yelling outside the Celtics' locker room after the game and was later caught on videotape standing by the Celtics' team bus before security guards and Knicks coach Mike Woodson arrived on the scene. A league spokesman said the incident was being reviewed.
Anthony said that he hasn't talked with anyone from the league and he doesn't believe that he deserves a fine or suspension.
"Nothing happened for me to be suspended," he said. "I wanted to talk to KG. I thought it was something we both needed to get off our chests and see what the problem was. There was no altercation. Just some words and a conversation we needed to have."
The drama took place after one of Anthony's worst games of the season. The Celtics held him to 20 points on 6-for-26 shooting. Anthony, who is the league's second-leading scorer with an average of 29.0 points, let his frustration bubble over in the final quarter. He and Garnett were whistled for double technicals with 9:03 remaining and the Celtics leading 82-78. Eleven seconds later, Anthony hit a three-pointer, but he missed his final five field-goal attempts.
Anthony, who was suspended for 15 games in 2006 for his role in a brawl at the Garden when he was a member of the Nuggets, is tied for second in the league with eight technical fouls.
"I mean last night was just I got out of character a little bit, I allowed some negativity to come into my circle," Anthony said. "What's done is done. I lost my composure yesterday. But for the most part I've been very positive this season."
Anthony's teammate, Iman Shumpert, said Garnett is infamous for getting under opponents' skin.
"That's how he plays, that's how he's played his whole career," Shumpert said. "I like it though. It's how I play. It's a little trash talk, a competitive streak. He and Melo talked afterward, everything is fine. It is just basketball and sometimes tempers get flared."