Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was apparently serious when he reportedly said he would see Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett after the game.
The two stars got into it both physically and verbally during the game between the NBA Atlantic Division rivals at Madison Square Garden last night, and refs rung up both for technical fouls in the fourth quarter. According to Yahoo! Sports, Anthony was so upset that he waited outside the Celtics locker room after the game and jawed with Garnett.
But it didn’t end there. Melo also waited outside the Celtics bus for Garnett to show up. Mike Woodson, the Knicks head coach, apparently mellowed out Melo before anything untoward happened, but as you can see by the video below, there was a heavy presence of Madison Square Garden security and NYPD just in case.
The visiting Celtics defeated the Knicks 102-96. Anthony did not speak to the media afterward, but Garnett downplayed the in-game conflict according to ESPN:
“Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw back and forth. He’s trying to get his team to go; I’m trying to get my team to go. Both teams are colliding. Not to mention that it’s the Knicks and the Celtics. Just what it is.”
Garnett, who has a reputation around the NBA for trash-talking, seemed to get the better of the matchup with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony finished with 20 points but that was based on going 6 for 26 from the field.
A suspension appears likely for Anthony for his off-court behavior.