Finally! We get to hear what Melo has to say about this whole Kevin Garnett mess. First there was the technical fouls and trash talk during the game, then Melo went to the Celtics locker room to find Garnett, then Melo went out to take it outside to the Celtics’ bus to get at Garnett. Rumor has it that Kevin Garnett said something about Melo’s wife La La that crossed the line (you can see what he allegedly said HERE).
Melo didn’t speak to reports last night but he did break his silence today after the Knicks practice. Check out what he had to say about the situation…
According to Ian Begley at ESPN:
Carmelo Anthony sought out Kevin Garnett after the Knicks-Celtics game Monday to have “a one-on-one conversation with him” about words Garnett used toward Anthony during the fourth quarter of New York’s loss, the Knicks forward said on Tuesday.
Anthony said Tuesday that his goal was to “talk it out like two grown men.” The two were called for technical fouls for jawing with one another in the closing minutes of the game.
“I wanted to talk to KG,” Anthony said after practice Tuesday. “I think it was something that we both needed to get off our chests and see what really was the problem. It wasn’t no altercations, it was just some words and [a] conversation that we needed to have.”
A league source said the conversation between Anthony and Garnett actually took place over the phone following the bus incident, and the two players have since cleared the air.
Garnett and Anthony first got tangled up in the fourth quarter and both where whistled for a technical foul after jawing with one another near midcourt. Anthony was upset over something Garnett said to him.
“It’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said. “I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we’re both at an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled.”
It is unclear if either Anthony or Garnett will be suspended in light of the incident. Said Anthony: “Nothing happened for me to be suspended,” adding, “I just wanted to know what was being said, where was all that coming from. Whatever was being said on the basketball court, where was it coming from?”
Garnett did not speak to reporters Tuesday in Waltham, Mass.
Garnett has the reputation of a player who purposefully talks to his opponents to unnerve them. Anthony admitted that Garnett’s words got him “off of my square” and allowed “negativity to come into my circle.”