Carmelo Anthony: Kevin Garnett feud ‘overrated,’ Celtics crowd ‘kind of quiet’ and Knicks win ‘satisfying’
|01.25.13 at 1:54 am ET|
Even before Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett and Knicks counterpart Carmelo Anthony‘s pregame fist bump, Boston’s Garden security starved the crowd of any further beef between the two NBA All-Star Game teammates, confiscating enough Honey Nut Cheerios paraphernalia to fill the rink for Friday’s Bruins game.
Of course, you’ll remember Anthony confronted Garnett at his team bus after the C’s defeated the Knicks, 102-96, in New York on Jan. 7. Rumors suggested KG told Melo his wife La La “tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios” — a claim all parties involved since denied — but Anthony earned a one-game suspension for his postgame antics.
“I think it was overrated,” said Anthony. “I think people just blew it up for no reason. They were just kind of waiting to see what was going to happen, but it’s sports. That’s what happens in sports.
On Thursday night, Anthony finally got his revenge, scoring 28 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dealing one of his three assists to teammate J.R. Smith for the dagger in an 89-86 “satisfying” victory in Boston.
“It was kind of quiet today for the most part,” Anthony said of a Garden crowd that NBA on TNT announcer Marv Albert accused of being artificially enhanced during the broadcast. “I was expecting there to be boos and a real hostile environment tonight, but it was cool for the most part.”
Boston fans erupted at times, but Anthony helped quiet the building, scoring 15 second-half points, including eight in the final 5:30 of the third quarter, when New York turned a two-point deficit into a 72-66 edge entering the fourth.
“The whole night was satisfying, just to win in this building,” said Anthony, whose Knicks snapped a 13-game losing streak in Boston that dated back to 2006. “It’s been a long time coming for a game like this, for a win here.”
As for the Garnett feud, the two already hashed that out over the phone at some point over the past 17 days, so Thursday’s meeting was an anticlimactic one. Heck, Melo even helped pull KG up off the floor at one point.
“There are no grudges between myself and KG,” said Anthony, who will start alongside Garnett in the frontcourt for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. “Whatever happened, happened. We spoke about that, and it’s over with. I don’t hold grudges or anything like that. He fell, I helped him up. I don’t have nothing against a guy like that.”
Anthony also denied pregame reports that he brought along a personal bodyguard for added protection in Boston. “He goes everywhere with me,” he said. “It just so happens that you saw him today.”
Since the Garnett fiasco, Melo has since claimed that an annual two-week fast to start the New Year may have caused his blood to boil. That ended last week when he ordered a 40-ounce porterhouse steak covered in “a classic French Bordelaise sauce infused with pulverized Honey Nut Cheerios.”
Asked how he stayed focused amid the night’s distractions, Anthony said through a laugh: “I got some food.”
Likewise, Knicks teammate Jason Kidd joked, “He ate, so that was good.”
As a result, this time it was the Celtics and their fans that went home with an empty feeling in their stomachs.