Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) looks to shoot the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) defends in the first half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers fans went way back in the time machine to break out a taunt for Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night.

As Melo shot free throws during the first quarter of Portland’s 106-100 loss to Indiana on Thursday, some Pacers fans behind the basket could be heard chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios.”

What’s the story with the Honey Nut Cheerios?

Well, back in 2013, the Knicks and Celtics got into a fight during a January game, with Anthony and Kevin Garnett getting into it. Anthony tried waiting for Garnett by the bus after the game.

A rumor circulated saying that Garnett got under Anthony’s skin by saying Carmelo’s wife La La tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios, which was an inference that he had been with her while Carmelo and La La were going through marital troubles. The rumor spiraled out of control to the point that Boston had to ban signs referencing the rumor. La La later said the rumor was not true and Garnett never said that.

Regardless, people still enjoy the rumor and decided to use it against Anthony — seven years later. That’s no surprise from Pacers fans, who are a particularly clever bunch.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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RJ Barrett
2018 / ATL*
Luka Doncic
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Derrick Favors
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O.J. Mayo
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Al Horford
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Adam Morrison
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Deron Williams
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Ben Gordon
2003 / DEN
Carmelo Anthony
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Mike Dunleavy
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Pau Gasol
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Darius Miles
1999 / NOH
Baron Davis
1998 / DEN
Raef LaFrentz
1997 / BOS
Chauncey Billups
1996 / VAN
Shareef Abdur-Rahim
1995 / PHI
Jerry Stackhouse
1994 / DET
Grant Hill
1993 / GSW*
Anfernee Hardaway
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Christian Laettner
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Billy Owens
1990 / DEN
Chris Jackson
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Sean Elliott
1988 / PHI*
Charles Smith
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