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This is a coach that is coming to the defense of a player who once told Tim Duncan happy mother’s day during a free throw attempt when he knew his mother had died from cancer.
This is also a player who called Charlie Villanueva a “cancer patient”, but Doc Rivers would like you to believe he would never cross the line.
“Guys, you know how this works,” Rivers said. “A guy does something crazy like Carmelo did, and the way to get out of trouble is to say, ‘Well, he said this.’ It happens all the time, and what bugs me about this whole thing is this is not a Kevin Garnett issue. And it was made into one, and it shouldn’t have been made into one.”
“It’s pretty crude, I can tell you,” Rivers said. “Out there at times, you hear some crazy stuff. But when it gets racial or personal to family, then that crosses the line. But I’m going to say it again: In this case, that didn’t happen.
“(Garnett) does (know where the line is). He does. I will say that. I’ve never heard him cross the line. And usually when he talks about guys, it’s usually about their game or their team or what he thinks if the guy’s a winner or loser.”
Melo had a different take on it.
Anthony said Tuesday that his “motivation” in finding Garnett after the game was to have a “one-on-one conversation” with him after the Boston big man spewed a verbal insult at Anthony.
“It’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said Tuesday. “I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we’re both at an understanding right now; we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled.”
While a family member of Melo and Lala confirmed to the NY Post the report that KG did talk about his wife.
Paul Fryson said of the Cheerios dig: “I’ve heard it. It is very serious . . . We’ll handle it.”
So who are you going to believe?
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