There were several testy exchanges during Sunday's opener against the Celtics, none more so than in the immediate aftermath of the Knicks' 106-104 victory.
"He grabs my hand, tangles it up, I pulled my hand away and then we had a situation."
Did Walker do anything to provoke Garnett?
"I'm a grown man," he said. "You're putting your hands in my face . . . Come on. Y'all know what the man does."
Walker said he was unsure precisely where Garnett made contact with him. "I don't know where he caught me," he said. "I just know I saw his hand coming in my face, you know what I mean? That's disrespectful."
Garnett declined to discuss the incident with reporters.
Amar'e Stoudemire bought breakfast for about 500 Garden employees before the game. He said workers, who rarely get chances to interact with players, showed up early for the event . . . Former Syracuse star Dwayne "Pearl'' Washington, who had some big moments in the Garden as a player, had another at halftime when his marriage proposal was shown on the scoreboard video screen. His girlfriend said yes. Washington turns 48 next week.