Carmelo Anthony suspended 1 game for confronting Kevin Garnett
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The NBA did not agree with Carmelo Anthony's suggestion Wednesday that his verbal confrontation with Boston's Kevin Garnett Monday night resembled a Manhattan street-corner scene of curious onlookers: Nothing to see here; move along.
Anthony was suspended for tonight's game at Indiana, hours after he acknowledged after the team's practice that he was "pretty sure" he would be hearing from league security people, but insisted the matter was "over with."
Stu Jackson, the NBA's basketball operations vice president, said there "are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game. Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension was warranted."
Jackson said Anthony confronted Garnett "in the arena tunnel, near the players' locker rooms, and in the parking garage." The incident by the bus, with police and Knicks coach Mike Woodson nearby, was captured on videotape.
Anthony will be eligible to return tomorrow at home against Chicago. He was ejected from the last meeting with the Bulls after receiving two of his eight technical fouls this season.
Anthony and Garnett received technical fouls with 9:03 remaining in the Celtics' 102-96 victory, arguing with each other from the baseline to midcourt after a physical exchange on Boston's previous possession. After the game, Anthony went the wrong direction toward the Celtics' locker room in hopes of finding Garnett.
Earlier in the day, Anthony said he is "not one to go back to that. As far as the game goes, I didn't shoot the ball well, I didn't play well that game. That happens; you have nights like that. As far as whatever happened with me and Kevin, that's handled, that's settled, that's done and over with.
"No disrespect, but I don't want to keep talking about the same thing. As far as the physicality of the games, I enjoy having physical games. There's just certain things that are not supposed to be done and said out there."
There were several reports that Garrett had made disparaging remarks about Anthony's wife, triggering Anthony's angry response both on the court and after the game, when he went to the Boston locker room, then to the Boston team bus outside the Garden.