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Carmelo Anthony appeals fine related to Kevin Garnett confrontation 01.24.13 at 10:28 am ET
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Carmelo Anthony says he’s moved on from the Kevin Garnett confrontation, but apparently his agent has not. According to the New York Post, the Players Association — after talking with Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose — filed an appeal to recoup the $176,000 Anthony lost as part of his one-game suspension.

The appeal is based on the fact that the Jan. 7 incident consisted only of verbal sparring.

“In light of the circumstances that it was not a physical confrontation, the suspension seemed excessive,” Players Association attorney Ron Klempner told the paper.

As per the collective bargaining agreement rules for one-game suspensions, Anthony was fined 1/110th of his $19.5 million salary.

Anthony and the Knicks are in Boston for a Thursday night game against the Celtics, their first meeting since the confrontation.

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With Knicks heading to Boston, Carmelo Anthony says feud with Kevin Garnett ‘not even on my mind’ 01.23.13 at 9:36 am ET
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The slumping Celtics will look to end their four-game skid when they host the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks on Thursday night. That means a reunion between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony, who was suspended one game earlier this month for confronting Garnett after their Jan. 7 game.

During that game — a 102-96 Celtics win — Garnett trash-talked Anthony so much that the Knicks forward became infuriated (while shooting 6-for-26). Reportedly, Garnett made a comment about Anthony’s wife that set him off.

The players eventually communicated and apparently made peace, and Anthony said Tuesday that he’s focused only on getting revenge for the loss.

“I don’t care what message I sent to him [about not backing down],” Anthony told the New York media. “I just want to win. Do whatever it takes to win. Thursday’s definitely a big game for myself and us as a team to get us on the right track.”

Added Anthony: “We want to win. Do we owe them? Yes, they came here and beat us. We want to go there and return the favor on their court. We can’t get that game back.”

Anthony insisted he’s moved on from the incident.

“Oh, yeah. Honestly, it’s not even on my mind right now,” he said. “It hasn’t been on my mind since that day.”

Anthony, who is shooting just 39 percent in his last five games, expects the Boston crowd to be fired up for the matchup, as the Knicks try to put more distance between them and the fading Celtics.

“It will be fun,” he said. “It will be a hostile environment. I’m expecting that. It’ll be a fun game. Knowing what’s at stake, us playing Boston.”

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Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo named All-Star starters 01.18.13 at 9:05 am ET
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Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo earned starting spots in the NBA All-Star Game and will take the floor for the Eastern Conference alongside some bitter rivals: Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Garnett held off Heat forward Chris Bosh, who implored his Twitter followers to vote for him but fell about 25,000 votes short. Garnett ties Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal for second place all-time with 15 All-Star appearances (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 19).

Bryant was the leading vote-getter, with 1,591,437, in earning his NBA-record 15th consecutive starting bid. He’ll be joined in the Western Conference lineup by Lakers teammate Dwight Howard, Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and Thunder star Kevin Durant.

Reserves will be announced next Thursday. The game is Feb. 17 in Houston.

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Ray Allen at Heat introductory press conference: ‘It’s a sad thing for me and my family’ to leave Celtics 07.11.12 at 1:58 pm ET
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New Heat guard Ray Allen downplayed reports of friction between himself and Rajon Rondo at his introductory press conference Wednesday afternoon in Miami. While Allen acknowledged “there’s differences” and noted that he has been in contact with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett but not Rondo this offseason, he insisted his move to Miami was not sparked by the Celtics‘ enigmatic point guard.

“I haven’t spoken with him at all,” Allen said when asked about his relationship with Rondo. “I know when I came down here I texted Paul and Kevin. Those are the guys that I talked quite a bit with over the years. We shared a lot of similar philosophies. Those are the guys, when we came into Boston together, a lot was put on our shoulders as to whether or not we were going to win. So, I look back at all our time spent in Boston. We’ve had a lot of disappointments, but we’ve shared a lot of thrills. And a lot of that’s off the court.

“So, it is sad to me, knowing that I’m not going to be with those guys anymore. But I’m looking forward to what we can do here in this organization, being a teammate of LeBron [James], being a teammate of Dwyane [Wade], Chris Bosh I just met, Joel Anthony, those guys are all excited to have me here.”

When asked again about Rondo, Allen said: “I can’t say it affected my decision. I think as teammates we were brothers. I’m around them more than I’m around my own family. There’s differences. We all have differences. Paul, he eats Corn Flakes, I might not like Corn Flakes. That’s just part of who we are as individuals. At the end of the day we have to buy into what the coach believes is best for us. As players we have to put our differences aside.”

Allen talked in more detail about the difficulty he had in making the decision and how it affected his former teammates.

“When I was knew I was leaning toward Miami, I actually sent a text out to Kevin, just to let him know,” Allen said. “I just remember this process in ’08 when [James] Posey left us. He left and we just really wanted him back. He went to New Orleans and we didn’t get a chance to try to get Danny to give him a little something extra, or whatever it was. I didn’t want that to be the case with me in this situation.

“So, I texted Kevin, I told him, I said, ‘Hey, I’m leaning this way. I just want you to know,’ without getting into the finite details of the deal. He said, ‘Well, Danny [Ainge] will step up to the plate and do whatever you need him to do.’ I was like, ‘Well, we’ll see.’ That was somewhat of the small discussion that we had.

“I just wanted those guys to know that I appreciate everything they’ve done for me, and it was a joy and a pleasure to play with them.”

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Miami TV station erroneously reports Ray Allen deal with Heat 07.06.12 at 8:21 am ET
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Miami television station WSVN reported Thursday night that Celtics free agent guard Ray Allen had agreed to a three-year contract with the Heat, claiming that the news was broken by Yahoo! Sports. The problem is, WSVN was fooled by a fake Twitter account.

It was widely reported that Allen met with the Heat Thursday, and Heat guard Dwyane Wade tweeted that it would be “a big day” for the team. However, there are no indications that Allen has made any decision about his future.

WSVN tweeted its report but later removed the tweet and apologized for the misinformation.

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Video: Rajon Rondo unhappy with TNT cameraman 05.09.12 at 10:47 am ET
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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was talking with his family outside the locker room after Tuesday night’s one-point loss to the Hawks in Atlanta when he saw he was being filmed by a TNT camera. Rondo then walked over and angrily told the cameraman that he was not doing an interview and to turn off the camera. TNT showed the video, with studio analyst Charles Barkley taking a shot at Rondo’s wardrobe.

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Ex-Celtic Ricky Davis joins D-League’s Maine Red Claws 12.28.11 at 2:07 pm ET
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Former Celtics swingman Ricky Davis, looking to make an NBA comeback, signed a contract with the NBA Development League and on Tuesday was claimed by the Maine Red Claws.

Davis is expected to make his debut with the Red Claws this weekend, when they host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (5 p.m.).

“Ricky Davis brings a veteran element to the Red Claws and will undoubtedly become an instant fan favorite at the Portland Expo where many of our fans will remember him from his days with the Celtics,’€ Red Claws president/general manager Jon Jennings said in a team release. ‘€œRicky is someone who knows what it takes to get to and stay in the NBA and is someone who is hungry to return there. We are all excited to welcome him to Maine.’€

Davis, 32, last played in the NBA for the Clippers before being released in the 2009-10 season. He has played in Europe and Asia since.

A first-round draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 out of Iowa, Davis averaged 13.5 points per game in his 12-year NBA career. His best season was 2002-03, when he averaged 20.3 points for the Cavaliers, although he developed a reputation as a selfish player. In one memorable moment, he attempted to throw the ball off his own backboard during the closing seconds of a blowout win over the Jazz in hopes of recording a rebound that would give him a triple-double, angering Utah and leading to a fine from the Cavs.

He was traded to the Celtics during the following season and averaged 14.1 points in 57 games (five starts) with the C’s. In his only full season in Boston, 2004-05, Davis averaged 16 points while playing in 81 games (11 starts). He moved into a starting role the following season and averaged 19.7 points in 42 games before being traded to the Timberwolves.

In addition to the Hornets, Cavaliers, Celtics, Timberwolves and Clippers, Davis had two stints with the Heat.

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