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Carmelo talks Kevin Garnett, what set him off Monday

Jan 8, 2013, 3:32 PM EST

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Kevin Garnett talks a lot of trash. A lot. He may not be the most clever trash talker in the league, but he wins on volume — he never stops talking.

Carmelo Anthony thought KG crossed the line last night and they scuffled a little on the floor then ‘Melo tried to go “talk” to Garnett after the game.

Later that night the two did talk and clear the air on the phone, reports Frank Isola of Newsday. Then Anthony spoke to the media, here are his quotes via the twitter of Nate Taylor of the New York Times.

“Last night I got out of character a little bit. I allowed some negativity to come into my circle.”

“It’s certain things that you just don’t say to men. I felt we crossed the line. But we’re both at an understanding right now.”

“I lost my composure yesterday. I accept that. But there are certain things that push certain people’s buttons.”

Anthony also said he didn’t do anything that warranted a suspension from the league. We’ll see if the league office feels the same way.

There are reports that what set Anthony off was a comment about his wife La La, who was in attendance at the game. (I’m not going to repeat the alleged comment here, follow this link if you want to know.)

This is what Garnett does — he talks to get under your skin. To  make you lose focus. He does it to everyone. ‘Melo needs to take a page out of the Tim Duncan book here, keep his mouth closed and just go back hard at KG on the court. Ignore what he says.

Which is easy for me to say sitting at home. But as ‘Melo is growing as a team leader and trying to take the Knicks deep in the playoffs, he needs to be above this kind of thing.

  1. pantsfreezone - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I wish Garnett had never won a title. He’s a piece of sh*t. Him and Rondo should enjoy being irrelevant for the rest of their careers.

    I’m glad the Celtics and Lakers are failing this year. Kobe, Dwight, Rondo, KG and the lot can all go get buggered.

    • monkeyhateclean - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Anything is possible…

    • mrcuret - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Awww! Are you mad bc Garnett & Rondo got a ring & Carmelo doesn’t? Or is it bc Boston swept the Knicks in the playoffs the last time they met? Lol. Boston is going to the playoffs this yr dude, don’t fool yourself. The Knicks are still Boston’s little brother, all they do is push them around a little bit and they break, that’s typical of the Knicks. But keep your chin up, they’ll get another chance next time. Lol

      • bayrich - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Lmaoo celtics are trash just hit 500 and won’t be there for long

      • pantsfreezone - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        I’m from South Florida. I’ve been a Heat fan since their inception in ’88. I have a signed foam finger by Bimbo Coles. And I don’t like Melo either but at least he’s not scum.

        Nice try though.

      • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        hahaha I can’t believe you’re trash talking right now. Just sit down son, stay quiet for a while

    • thesixersbench - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Bitter isn’t a good look.

      Guys like KG, Rondo…they give the league color. Personality. Even you if HATE them…they – and by extension, the NBA – are still generating an emotion. And hate is a very powerful emotion.

      Ask any entertainer…if you don’t love them…they hope you hate them. Because at least you feel something for them as opposed to them being (as you said) irrelevant.

      KG is far from irrelevant.

    • andyoursistertoo - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      I know your new to basketball heat fan , but the greatest NBA player in history of the game was also the biggest trash talker in the sport too. Since you never really watched basketball before then and saw players like bird , lambeer , or Jordan or Barkley in their prime. Ill bet you forgot when Jordan told your hero Alanzo he’s going to dress him up like a woman , because he is his ………….

      • pantsfreezone - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        I know *you’re new to reading and writing, fumbduck, but I’ve probably watched and played more basketball than you’ll simulate on your NBA2K game. And KG couldn’t carry Jordan’s nut towel and is in zero ways comparable. Jordan could say whatever he wanted to because he was always a winner. KG is a loser.

        My hero was always Glenn Rice because we played the same position and Tim Hardaway because of the crossover but way back then I was Barkley fan, and still am.

        Don’t hate us Heat fans because we got LeBron, hate us because we got Pat Riley.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Your wife taste like Honey Nut Cheerios!?? Hahahaha….whaaat!??? LMFAO

    • flyrocket31 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      She’s Sweet. diced pinneapples!

    • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      who says KG doesn’t do trash talk in a clever way

  3. thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    KG loves to talk a gang of trash but we all know it wasn’t that long ago when he was crying on national tv about ‘losing’ up there in Minny. Maybe you were the problem KG. Cry your way out of town, get traded to a good situation, win a title. He has the nerve to talk about guys banding together to win a title? I know he was traded and not signed as a free agent but when his deal was up he wasn’t on a plane back to Minny. KG wishes he was half the man Tim Duncan is. That would give him 2 championships.

    • jjordannba - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      KG was more loyal to Minny than he should have been, and was the ONLY reason they were relevant, look at who was around him and what he still was able to accomplish straight out of highschool.

      • bbgraf08 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        thebigcaptain2011’s assessment of KG in Minnesota is absolutely and 100% dead wrong. He kept that team relevant for 12 whole seasons, right out of high school. Ask anyone in Minnesota.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        What exactly did he accomplish? A trip to the western conference finals? Wasn’t LeBron called a ”failure” by many people in these comment threads for not winning it all? Did you see what was around LeBron in Cleveland all of those years. Also, people nees to stop putting pro sports and loyalty in a box. They don’t mix. It’s a business first.

  4. dgbk - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    he is a piece of sh!+ because of that?? basketball isnt church u will probably hear worse at a pick up game at ur local Y.

    melo reacted like a baby regardless wat was said by kg.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      I agree. I am from Queens, NY and the stuff you would hear at a pickup game there can cause a brawl or shootout (and often does) Well, the thing is this isn’t pickup basketball. This is pro basketball. There are rules in place and officials and crowds and lota of money involved. I’m sure if someone called KG a crackbaby and call his mom who was 17 when she had him a ‘crack whore’ he would go off as well. There are certain lines that CANNOT be crossed in trash talk and in ”beef”. Women and children are excluded.

  5. chitownmatt - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Somebody’s gotta lighten up here…

    KG,
    If you gotta play ball with your mouth, then maybe its time you start thinking about moving over to the announcer’s booth.

    Melo,
    Do you really hate Honey Nut Cheerios THAT much???

    • andyhr17 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      You don’t think Michael Jordan or Larry Bird said worse on a daily basis when they were playing? You do realize it is possible to be good at basketball AND good at trash talking, right? KG has talked trash his entire career. Look at his stats. Yeah, he’s terrible. He should have just retired after his rookie year, right?

  6. theskinsman - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Celtics won,Melo looked like a junior high school kid that got schooled by the varsity.Grow up,Melo. You got embarrassed by a player old enough to be your father.

  7. djjackson81 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I don’t blame Melo Garnett is a mouth before an actually back that smack up dude. Regardless what people thing or what the fine may be you smack your gums on my momma or Wife or Kids I would have dropped him on the court.

  8. edwardemanuelson - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    MVP = Melo’s Very Pissed!

  9. warriors2533 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Why did he get mad everyone loves honey nut cheerios

    • thesixersbench - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Apparently, from what I heard, that’s part of the problem.

      ….if you catch my drift.

  10. southbeachtalent - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Garnett, the biggest wannabe tough guy in the league..

    • probablycorrect - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Garnett isn’t a “wannabe tough guy.” He’s a professional basketball player with an amazing head game. He picks and chooses his battles. He wants to draw technicals from melo, because Melo is a relevant player. remember the Humphries incident? He wasn’t the problem then. He doesn’t taunt the players that he can still physically dominate over. He walks a fine line, and the refs watch him, so he’s gotta choose his battles carefully, but if he calculates the risk and the worse case scenario is a double ejection, the Celtics have a better chance against a melo-less knicks even without KG than the knicks have, especially with a rusty Amar’e, and no Felton. J.R. can only provide so much offense, especially when he’s being checked by Avery Bradley

    • andyhr17 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Wannabe tough guy? Which of the two last night was “tough enough” to go to the team bus and stand around waiting for the other with about 13 other guys there to prevent any possible fight that might occur?

  11. jayzus - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    No one should be upset here, Garnet knows that if you talk about peoples families someone is liable to take offense and make you own them words. Just like he knew enough not to come out of that locker room.

  12. supremekingz - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Screw basketball.

    If you say something about my wife or my kids, you deserve the consequences. Everything else in life is secondary. What KG said goes beyond basketball. You don’t say what he said about his WIFE. There’s out of bounds, and then there’s crossing the border. KG went way too far. I wish Melo would have body slammed him

  13. drobstad - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    You just don’t talk about a man’s wife, children or deceased relatives. Doing this is completely crossing the line and anyone who does so shows they have zero character. Melo must be beside himself that he has to actually control himself and issue any sort of apology for his actions. If I were him, I’d be figuring out ways I could get away with having KG jumped.

  14. jhuck92 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Kevin Garnett should be the next spokesman for Honey Nut Cheerios. That would sell like gangbusters.

  15. themagicfanguy - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    A.) Players should know by now that KG ain’t scared to cross the line verbally. It’s Melo’s fault for letting it work on him.
    B.) All you hating on KG are clueless, the guy has done nothing but back up his talk since coming into the league. He’s one of the most talented, versatile, and dangerous PF in league history. Period.
    C.) You know how you get a bully to stop talking smack? You take it to ‘em. Well, the Knicks failed at that.
    D.) I know the Knicks fans are all excited this year, but every time the Knicks face a tough/physical team, all they do is fold and whine like a bunch of babies. Grow a pair.

    • dko83 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      All four points, right on the money.

  16. gepsep - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I hardly doubt that KG said anything about his wife. Teh wouldn’t have talked on the phone about it if it was true. Carmelo would have been packing guns and blastin’ on the Celtics airplane, probably. Cause i would’ve LOL.
    Well, anyway – Knicks lost. C’s won. So KG won and Melo lost.

  17. doublezero74 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Melo is crying like a Cindy Brady. Toughen up and don’t be such a wuss bag. Oh and don’t go 6-26 and maybe you could’ve won last night. Or in the playoffs last year. Or the year before that…

  18. lameasish - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    To the guy who said New York is Boston’s little brother, what is Boston to Miami?

    • pgjimmy - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Celtics destroyed the heat in the 2010 playoffs…when the celtics were winning the title in 08, Miami was nowhere to be found in those playoffs…so the heat are 2-1 in playoff series in 3 years and they have the same amount of titles in 4 years…Hardly the heats little brother

    • pgjimmy - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      But then again you probably didn’t know that because you became a heat fan in 2011, no?

  19. haterhurter937 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    waste of time. all that over a chicken head who got pounded out by MANY rappers, athletes, etc. Anthony has to be expecting to hear things like that when you put a ring on a trick.

  20. inthearex - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I’d like to tell Kurt that his wife tasted like cookies and milk right to his face and see if he’d walk away and be “above” that. If he did, then he shouldn’t be called a man.

  21. scalfor3 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Nothing like a delicious box of cereal

  22. j0esixpack - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    KG made a junior high school taunt, and Carmello responded like a junior high school kid.

    Congratulations ‘Melo. If you had acted like an adult no one would have known about this.

    Thanks to you, your wife will be hearing references to Honey Nut Cheerios for the foreseeable future.

  23. rodyaugu - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Maybe Garnett dated his wife back in the days.

  24. tigerpork - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    is lala even hot looking?

  25. comeonson3278 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Today’s NBA is funny in this since there was a time not too long ago when a guy like KG would have been picking up his teeth for even going there with that garbage. Melo had the right idea just bad timing. If it were me I would have waited and for the right time and place to handle that.

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