Just five weeks ago, Carmelo Anthony hated Kevin Garnett. We all know the story; Anthony and Garnett were going at it in a tightly contested game back on Jan. 8. It got chippy and the two started jawing and before long, Garnett went below the belt like he normally does and allegedly said that Anthony’s wife “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
Now I’m not married but if I was, I wouldn’t want to be friends with a man who made a comment like that about my wife.
Hell, if someone told me my wife tasted like Brussels sprouts I would still want to punch them in their nose.
But apparently ‘Melo is more forgiving than I or many other men would be. On Saturday, Anthony and Garnett showed that their beef had been squashed when they teamed up to make fun of sideline reporter Craig Sager at an All-Star Game practice. It has become popular among NBA players to clown Sager and his outrageous outfits and this instance was no different.
Carmelo Anthony (left, 7) and Kevin Garnett (right, 5) have squashed their beef but one has to wonder why they decided to do that. PHOTO COURTESY: DEBBIE WONG/USA TODAY SPORTS
Some might be happy that Anthony and Garnett have seemingly squashed their beef but is anyone disappointed that these two are so buddy-buddy now? If these two were still feuding, it would reignite a New York-Boston rivalry that has been absent from the NBA since the two were powers in the 1970’s.
It also brings in to question whether this feud was real to begin with.
The NBA is missing out on a rivalry from two of the biggest markets in the United States and now that these two are friends, there is no chance of this rivalry being significant. With the Knicks being relevant for the first time in over a decade and the Celtics still being one of the league’s best franchises, a heated rivalry between the two teams would be great for the NBA.
Maybe NBA Commissioner David Stern should stir the pot a little and start a rumor that Anthony said something about Garnett’s mom. After all, is there any better way to get a fight started than a good old fashioned “mama joke?”
The fact that Anthony could forgive Garnett so quickly seems odd, especially if you watched the way Melo went after KG. He let his emotions get the best of him during the game when he went 6-26 from the field and committed five fouls, and then let that carry over after the game when he waited for Garnett by the Celtics team bus.
The emotion that Anthony showed seemed real but now, one can question if it really was. Was this whole thing just an act to gain publicity? On the off-chance that it was, it seems to be an elaborate and stupid plan for Anthony who got a one-game suspension for his post game antics.
You would hate to think that either one of these players, who are both among the NBA’s elite, would do something like this. However, when a feud changes that quickly some people will scratch their heads.
Maybe Anthony just has tougher skin than most people do. Knicks fans are hopeful that this is true because if Melo and the Knicks want to make a deep run in the playoffs, he’s going to need that mental toughness.
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