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Garnett will not be suspended, fined for Walker altercation

Dec 26, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

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According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Garnett won’t have to give any additional Christmas presents to a charity of the NBA’s choice because of his altercation with the Knicks’ Bill Walker yesterday:

Celtics Kevin Garnett won’t receive suspension or fine for physical incident with Knicks Billy Walker, NBA says.

Garnett’s antics have become tiresome to a lot of NBA fans, but this altercation wasn’t particularly heinous — I would have been surprised with a suspension, but I’m also surprised that Garnett didn’t have to pay a dime for putting his hand on Bill Walker’s neck — even a normal technical foul carries a fine with it, and there’s no question in my mind that Garnett would have gotten a T if he’d gone after Walker the way he did during regulation.

  1. Fred - Dec 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Garnett’s a great player, but one of the true punks in the NBA in the last 20 years. Someone really needs to just put him on his ass. If he had pulled this crap against the mid 90’s Knicks, he’d be over at Charles Oakley’s house right now begging for his life to be spared.

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Because after all the ugliness of the lockout etc., the one image the league should project is one of its biggest stars choking another player, on national TV, on Christmas day.

  3. klownboy - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Dude knows that my Knicks are going to win the Atlantic this season…

    http://theklowntimes.net/2011/12/17/2011-2012-nba-preview/

  4. ezwriter69 - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    SOOO tired of Garnett’s act… and then go after a reporter for having the audacity to ask him about it? Time to grow up man, you’re about to have to enter the real world, and you’re certainly not a candidate for any commentator work with your attitude and communication skills. Not that he needs a job, unless he’s done a Sprewell with his money, but he does have a huge need to be in the spotlight, it seems.

  5. bkunza - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Garnett is a PUNK!

  6. missmomo1 - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    I love how people forget that it was in fact Walker who knocked Kevin’s hand and proceeded to trash talk before Garnett had done anything. Walker got what he deserved.

    • Justin - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      Yeah he knocked his hand but why was it on his face if the first place? Let’s try to be slightly unbiased here.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

        Unbiased? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
        Oh, I’m sorry, you were serious. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  7. Fred - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Garnett’s a great player, but one of the true punks in the NBA in the last 20 years. Someone really needs to just put him on his back. If he had pulled this crap against the mid 90′s Knicks, he’d be over at Charles Oakley’s house right now begging for his life to be spared.

  8. keyshawn22 - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    I agree with missmomo, walker popped off and KG took care of the situation. Walker got what he deserved. There is nothing wrong with what KG did at all. Its better than the players who smile and laugh with the the guy they just lost to after a game…

  9. havlicekstoletheball - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    I wish like hell that Garnett would put that energy into developing a low post game and doing more than occasional rebounding.

    He got a switch in the 4th when the Celts needed a bucket, and with the 6-3 point guard on him mid-post, settled for a fall-away jump shot. He is 6-11. With long arms. The good Lord didn’t give him those gifts just to change light bulbs without a step ladder.

    When he was in Minnesota, he was known for ferocious effort. Haven’t seen that here in a long, long time.

    • jjordannba - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:37 AM

      you cant say for KG to develop a low post game, he already had it throught out his career, its been diminished by age but dont act like he never had a low post game

      • havlicekstoletheball - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        @jjordan

        Garnett got a point guard in a switch. If he had a back to the basket game, that would have been a really, really good time to use it. He has become a jump shooter who gets pushed off the block.

  10. acdc363 - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Yeah not a good time to mess with KG after he misses the game winner. Walker was asking for it

  11. JMil_ATL - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Absolutely pathetic. He should be suspended 4 games like Bynum. A fine isn’t going to change anything for him and it sends the wrong message to the rest of the league.

  12. theghostofwillisreed - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    here’s an idea. how about kg show some restraint? if someone gets in your face, be the bigger man and leave it alone? nah…

    people defending him are clowns and would be the same ones complaining if it was their guy.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Ghost of Willis Reed?

      Willis Reed would have broken Garnett’s arm in half.

      Lifelong Celtics fan (since about 1970), but I would like to have seen that. :)

    • goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Why show restraint when the league lets you act like a turd?

  13. melikefootball - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Exactly why I gave up my season tickets. watch a bunch of thugs instead og the game. Shows how chicken s the league office is. Because the season is starting late they don’t want to ruffle feathers . Garnett always picking on the smaller guy lets hope one day the player is tired of his crap and decks him. Garnett desreves it.

  14. billsfanaddict - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    no suspension = right call.
    no fine = Bad Form Mr Stern.
    no post game Tech = clearly an oversight or mistake, right? right???

  15. glink123 - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    never understood why Garnett is thought of as some tough guy. dude is listed as 6’11” but was actually measured at the pre-draft as 7’1″ but only weights 210 pounds. stiff breeze would knock that p u s s y over.

  16. beagle11 - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    It’s a known fact that KG is a bully and actually scared of players who don’t take ish. He’s scared of Bogut, Amare and a few others

    • jjordannba - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:39 AM

      KG is not scared of Amare keep dreaming

      • beagle11 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:53 AM

        What happened tonight??? Dwade grabbed KG, KG turned around all mad, KG saw it was DWade and went along like nothing happened. He is a fake tough guy. PERIOD!

  17. jolink653 - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    someone needs to punch kevin garnett in the face i’m so tired of him and all his mouthing off and him acting the way he does…bill walker got choked and then shoved and i don’t see how there’s no penalty for something like that especially when it’s the first game of the season and on national tv not to mention how classless he made the celtics look…i hope next time around tyson chandler catches KGin his stupid face with an elbow

  18. cosmicatomic - Dec 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    HATERS GONNA HATE.

    Never change, KG!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the buddy/buddy AAU “everybody is friends” grabass world of the modern NBA players, I LOVE me some KG.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      He left a little bit on your chin, better wipe up.

  19. jsharqawi - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    If you honestly think that walker deserved to get hit for what he said, then I hope Charlie Villanueva gets to hit garnett in the face with a 2 x 4. Its fair right ?

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