|Melo will not play in the Knicks' next game. (Getty Images)|
In case you were wondering if the NBA wants you to go to the opposing locker room and team bus to confront an opposing player after a game, the answer is no. New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended one game without pay for attempting to confront Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett after the Celtics-Knicks game on Monday.
New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended for one game without pay for confronting Boston's Kevin Garnett in the arena tunnel, near the players' locker rooms, and in the parking garage following the Celtics at Knicks game on January 7, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
"There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game," Jackson said. "Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension was warranted."
Regardless of what was or wasn't said, the NBA is never going to allow this kind of behavior go unpunished. You simply can't confront another player in the locker room or team bus areas. Zach Randolph was fined $25,000 earlier this season when he and Kendrick Perkins reportedly confronted each other near the locker room, but the Anthony punishment is going to be more severe. This is most likely due to the fact that Carmelo attempted to do so multiple times and tried to get to him near the team bus as well.
The Knicks' next game is Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers.