The N.B.A. has suspended Carmelo Anthony one game for his confrontation with Kevin Garnett after Monday’s loss to the Boston Celtics. In the words of Stu Jackson, N.B.A. VP, Melo “attempted to engage with [Garnett] multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted. There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game.”
In addition to missing the game, Melo will not receive his salary for the game, which equates to about $176,000.
This is the footage that likely got Melo suspended, as both teams refused to talk about the situation.
Thursday’s game gets quite interesting now, as the Pacers have the best defense in the NBA and come into the game on a nice upswing. We learned earlier today that Amare Stoudemire will be restricted to 22-23 minutes, as the training staff was not pleased with the amount of time Mike Woodson used him against the Celtics (Stoudemire was ‘sore’ after the game), so the Knicks will have to rely on some other bench members to provide scoring.
J.R. Smith should take a ton of shots, as, aside from Melo, he’s been one of the only players to look alive on offense, but Mike Woodson will likely keep him on the bench. The question then becomes who will Woodson slot in for Melo? We know Woodson has no problem starting someone to just play a few minutes, so I guess Stoudemire could start, but it remains unlikely. The more likely option is Chris Copeland, who will inject some scoring powers into the starting group, or James White, both of whom haven’t placed too much recently.
Time will tell, but right now, all we know is that Melo will not be playing against the Indiana Pacers.