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No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 6:04 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver.kg-nyk

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett choked New York Knicks wing Bill Walker after a nationally-televised Christmas Day game.

He won't pay any price for it.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Garnett "will not face any disciplinary action" in relation to the altercation, which involved Garnett shoving Walker's throat after he missed a potentially game-tying buzzer-beater.

Punishment or no, at least Garnett had the decency to shake hands after the fact.

ESPNNY.com reports that Garnett and Walker were able to make amends following their postgame altercation which ensued immediately after Walker challenged Garnett's potential game-tying basket in the game's final second.
"When I was leaving the arena I talked to him," Walker said on Monday. "It's no hard feelings or nothing like that. We're both competitors and wanted to win. Emotions run high when you're playing at that type of level."

As Walker was leaving the Garden, he saw Garnett heading toward the Celtics' bus. He approached Garnett to say that he had no hard feelings.

"We shook hands, I talked to him ... I chopped it up with him. I still respect those guys," said Walker, who played a little over one season with Garnett in Boston.
Kudos to Walker for being the bigger man. Garnett is a one-of-a-kind monster and his frustration level is going to be off the charts this season as the Celtics struggle to deal with injuries and aging. His emotions clearly got the better of him -- something that seems to be happening increasingly often in recent years -- and Walker's gesture serves to deflate some of the tension that is sure to continue brewing between the Atlantic Division's top-2 teams. 

On the court, the Knicks served notice that they belong next to the Celtics in the division race. After the buzzer and, later, off the court, Walker showed Garnett that he is above cowering at petty intimidation tactics. New York wound up leaving with both the victory and their dignity.

Garnett leaves the scene lucky to not have cost himself some money or his team an important rotation player for Tuesday night's game showdown against the Miami Heat.
Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:58 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Of course there will be no "penalty" because Garnett is a STAR, have some journey player do that he would be fined at least.  Basketball BY THE RULES is a NON-CONTACT game.  NBA sucks!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:24 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

What are you, Mother Teresa?  Choke? Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.  NBA is a man's game. Fighting, scuffling, pushing and shoving comes with the territory. Grow a pair and take that hand wringing, "woe is me," this is bad, Dear Abby crap back to wherever it came from. Nobody cares.





Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:23 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

This is a shame, now that Garnetts skills are fading it seems he can no longer control his temper. This will be a bad combination in the future if he doesn't learn to control it. I hope the league at least gave him a warning that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Kevin used to be an amazing talent, but now he seems to just be a bomb waiting to explode. Good luck with that Celts.



Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:09 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

as a long time Celtics fan, I've gotta say Garnett's act wore thin on me a while ago ..he's a punk imo, and I'd honestly love to see someone chop him down to size and sock him in the mouth ..



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:03 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Garnett leaves the scene lucky to not have cost himself some money or his team an important rotation player for Tuesday night's game showdown against the Miami Heat.
What might be even more puzzling is this incident, caught on camera. sends a message to players around the country that it is ok to shove someone who has just won the game without penalty. Isn't this what the NBA has worked for years to overcome? Ever since the fight in Detroit the NBA has punished every single blow by players against another player. No, there was no technical foul because the game was over. I get that it was not essential for the NBA to suspend the player. I don't have anything against either player. But a $10,000 fine might prevent a fight at another arena. The NBA seems to have missed the message they themselves have been sending over the past years. Hope they get it right next time.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:45 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Well it was not too bad of a choke or push, but this guy Garnett needs some serious anger management classes. He should of been fined something,  to set the tone for the rest of the season. Now he knows he can get away with intimidation like he always has as well as the other players in the league can do it too. Stern needs to be fired as he has no backbone, and he is so biased. Lakers lose Paul, get screwed in their first game by refs, they are the only team to start play with back to back to back games, knowing they did not have  Bynum. How fair is that to that team?



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:40 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

The NBA might be a joke, but the journalism here is even worse.  Did Garnett "choke" Walker or did he "shove Walker's throat?"  The article says he did both.  Shoving a person's throat doesn't constitute choking him.  This looks like tabloid-style shilling for the NBA, trying to appeal to the MMA crowd.  If the NBA is going to truly make anyone buy tickets or get excited, they are going to have to do it on the court within the rules of basketball.  
 
Basketball is still intrinsically a great game.  Time will tell if the NBA has screwed up so badly that it alienates enough people to fail.  The NBA needs to remember who their core fans are, and they need to remember fast.
 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:35 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Boston forward New York wing after a nationally-televised Christmas Day game. He won't pay any price for it.
Golliver, You sound like a reactionary, sensationalist p***y. Everyone knowns Garnett's a lunatic but there's a difference between a shove and a choke. Unless you view the clip on a 2 second GIF loop, making a big deal about this is absurd.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:21 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

NBA is a joke, there has to be a penalty or fine for his actions....you mean any player can choke and go freely? stern is a big a$$hole!!!


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