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Carmelo on wife, Celtics talk: 'I would be upset if I were her'

Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Anthony attend the 8th

Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Anthony attend the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. (Nov. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

BOSTON - Carmelo Anthony wishes the Celtics would stop bringing up his wife when they talk trash to him.

Speculation was Celtics' reserve guard Jordan Crawford made a disparaging remark about Anthony's wife, LaLa Vazquez, as the two teams walked off the court following Game 5 Wednesday. LaLa responded Thursday on Twitter, "Try again. You on the bench for a reason."

In January, Kevin Garnett reportedly said something insensitive about LaLa in a game at the Garden. Anthony approached Garnett on the court, outside the Celtics' locker room and in the tunnel by the team bus.

"She always gets thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtic series so I would be upset if I was her," Anthony said Friday morning. "She's her own person at the end of the day, so she has the right to say whatever she wants to say.

"As far as anything goes, basketball is the first priority. No disrespect to anybody else but I'm trying to win this series. I told y'all all year long that I would let no negativity in our locker room, into our circle and that's the way it's going to be."

Anthony didn't react on the court after Crawford's comment, but Raymond Felton had to be held back from going after him. Anthony said it doesn't bother him.

"It's nonsense to me," Anthony said. "I don't pay no attention to that. I told you that the other day, it wasn't even worth y'all typing that.

"I done been in worse places in my life. I done heard worse things, that people have said to me. As far as trash talk goes, that doesn't affect me, especially not at this point in my career."

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