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Carmelo Anthony to appeal fine from Garnett confrontation

Jan 24, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

You remember the controversy — Kevin Garnett said something that got under Carmelo Anthony’s skin, they earned double technical on the court then Carmelo waited by the Celtics team bus to continue the conversation. The league suspended Anthony one game for taking the tiff off the court and into the halls of Madison Square Garden. Then Knicks owner James Dolan started having people tape what opponents were saying to ‘Melo on the court because it was so, so mean and everybody just loves Carmelo so much (or whatever his reasons were).

That one game suspension cost Anthony $176,000 and he is appealing trying to get his money back, reports the New York Post.

After discussions between Melo’s agent, Leon Rose, and the Players Association, the decision was made to file within the 20-day allowable period, with the legal argument that the Jan. 7th episode was strictly a verbal skirmish.

“In light of the circumstances, in light of the circumstances that it was not a physical confrontation, the suspension seemed excessive,’’ union’s lead attorney Ron Klempner told The Post.

There was no physical fight, but the league’s issue was continuing the confrontation off the court after the game had ended.

“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” said Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, in a released statement at the time of the suspension. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”

We’ll see how that appeal goes. Players rarely win these, but that’s a lot of money (even for ‘Melo) so might as well.

  1. dysraw1 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    heres what concerns me. the entire team is slipping,our D. has really been subpar. i also see teammates not showing the trust that they were giving on both ends of the floor. this is not team of superstars even though we have two people being paid as if. the way this team is constructed everything should be a team effort. not kick it Melo an get out of the way

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      The real issue with the Knicks and their success at the beginning of the season was that they were hitting 3’s at a record pace. That pace wasn’t going to hold up for the whole season (and playoffs) so they were going to have a drop off. And after Melo and JR Smith, who else really creates their own scoring opportunities?

      • dysraw1 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM


  2. fanofthegame79 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    $176,000.00 for one game….48 minutes of game time….but less for a player (who plays 48 minutes in a game?!?)….I won’t complain about the inequity of finances – cuz lord knows I can’t play like Melo does (suply and demand, I know the drill). But man, I would love to have that lump sum!!

  3. yousuxxors - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    there is no ball movement anymore and kidd isnt fasy enoigh to run the pick n roll. that is the problem… they arent hitting threes bc they are not getting good looks abymore. they really miss felton on both ends. shump and felton return should change things.

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