Tag:Bill Walker
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 6:04 pm

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

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.
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2011 3:17 pm

Video: Kevin Garnett shoves Bill Walker's throat

Posted by Ben Golliver.

A spectacular down-to-the-wire season opener ended in ugly fashion.

The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks played four quarters of thrilling basketball at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Sunday, but Celtics forward Kevin Garnett swooped in to steal the headlines in the game's final moments, for all the wrong reasons. 

With New York leading 106-104, Boston inbounded the ball from the sideline to Garnett, who found himself wide open for a potential game-tying buzzer-beater when Knicks wing Bill Walker barreled into Knicks center Tyson Chandler as he chased Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo towards the top of the key. Walker's inadvertent pick left Garnett with a clean look at a 16-foot jumper -- although Walker closed late to contest -- but he was too strong, and the shot rebounded off as time expired.

The Knicks therefore escaped with the victory, but Garnett wasn't done. Walker and Garnett jawed at each other as the other Knicks celebrated, and injured Knicks point guard Baron Davis attempted to step in to separate Walker and Garnett. That move was too little, too late, as the always feisty Garnett used his left hand to grab Walker's neck and shove him backwards. Davis and others were then finally able to send the combatants back to their corners and the court eventually cleared.

There's a decent chance Garnett faces some disciplinary action from the NBA league office for his action, given both the aggressiveness and the proximity to his opponent's head. Will he get fined, suspended or neither? We all wait with bated breath. 

Here's the video of Celtics forward Kevin Garnett going at the neck of Knicks wing Bill Walker after New York beat Boston on Christmas Day.

Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 6:09 pm

Danilo Gallinari out 2-3 weeks with knee sprain

New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari is out 2-3 weeks with what the team calls a "mild knee sprain." Posted by Ben Golliver. danilo-gallinari

On Sunday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari "crumpled to the floor" after suffering a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of a 98-92 home win over the Indiana Pacers. Shortly after the game, Berger wrote that Gallinari said the injury was "nothing to worry about."

An MRI conducted on Monday confirmed that Gallinari avoided any serious knee trouble, but the test did reveal what the team called a "mild knee sprain." Gallinari is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

At 19-14, the Knicks have arguably exceeded expectations more than any other NBA team so far this season, and Gallinari, a 22 year-old Italian forward, has been an important piece. Gallinari had started every game so far this season, and was averaging 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 34.7 minutes. He was also getting to the free throw line more frequently than any Knick not named Amar'e Stoudemire and was shooting 37% from deep, while leading the team in three-point attempts.

The New York Times reports that big man Ronny Turiaf will likely start in Gallinari's place, moving Wilson Chandler to the small forward position. Turiaf, a low-post bruiser and hustle player, brings a distinctly different style of play than Gallinari. He has started six games this season and is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. 

PostingAndToasting.com also writes that Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni may decide to fill Gallinari's missing minutes by increasing playing time for Shawne Williams and Bill Walker, rather than turning to seldom-used forward Anthony Randolph, who has languished on the bench since being acquired via trade last summer.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:03 pm

Knicks in the market for low-dollar point guard

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks have had their eyes set on Chris Paul for forever. They even inquired about Steve Nash earlier this season. But at the present, they're just hunting a low-dollar point guard.

The New York Times reports the Knicks are after an inexpensive backup point guard that won't add to next season's payroll. So a cheap, expiring point guard is what the Knicks are interested in. The team is reportedly willing to deal Bill Walker, who is making $854,389 this season and $916,100 next season.

Options for the Knicks? Jason Williams, Earl Watson, Earl Boykins and Ronnie Price are a few of the point guards out there with an expiring deal. Patrick Beverley who was released by the Heat is still searching for a team as well as Acie Law who was just waived by the Grizzlies.

However, by the sound of the report, the Knicks are interested in trading, rather than signing. If they were to sign a player like Law or Beverley, they'd have to waive someone. Most likely Walker again, but New York probably feels like a trade could net a better player than Law or Beverley.

The Knicks point guard situation isn't great with Toney Douglas backing Raymond Felton currently. Douglas is more of a shooting guard and behind him is rookie Andy Rautins who most definitely isn't a point guard.

New York wants a legitimate point guard to have on the roster, especially since the team is looking competitive. If Felton were to go down, man, they'd be in trouble. (Speaking of, Felton is quietly having a really nice season. 18.1 ppg and 8.3 apg isn't too shabby.)
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