Nobody can say no to Honey Nut Cheerios?
It probably wasn’t exactly in those words, but it’s close enough to describe what Kevin Garnett may have said to Carmelo Anthony about his wife LaLa (Vazquez) Anthony to push him over the top.
Garnett apparently picked a very poor time to use Anthony’s wife as a method of trash talk, according to Marianne Garvey of Daily News:
Carmelo Anthony lost his cool after Boston Celtics bigmouth Kevin Garnett reportedly said his wife “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” — a dig at Anthony, who is estranged from his sweet spouse. The NBA superstars nearly came to blows Monday night after Garnett incorporated the General Mills cereal in a fit of trash talking about reality TV-star La La Anthony. “Your… wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios,” Garnett told Anthony in a heated Eastern Conference game at Madison Square Garden, according to the website Black Sports Online. Garnett’s slight came off as offensive and tasteless to Melo, who is having marital problems, a source told the Daily News. Anthony and his wife have been living apart for at least two months, and La La rang in the New Year without him in Miami’s South Beach, the source said. “Getting ready to shut down Miami TONIGHT. Happy New Year!” La La tweeted from South Beach on New Year’s Eve. Anthony refused Tuesday to confirm what Garnett said to set him off, but he acknowledged that the caustic Celtic “crossed the line.”
Here is the best and closest footage of what happened between Anthony and Garnett after the game in Madison Square Garden, recorded by the omnipresent TMZ:
For his actions, Anthony will be suspended for one game. Nate Taylor of The New York Times has details: “Soon after the Knicks landed in Indianapolis on Wednesday, they learned the N.B.A. had suspended Carmelo Anthony for one game without pay for confronting Kevin Garnett on Monday night. Anthony, who will not play against the Pacers on Thursday in a nationally televised game, will lose about $176,700 of his $19.4 million salary. Garnett was not suspended. There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations, said in a statement. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game, and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
Here is Jalen Rose and the Grantland crew discussing the incident and the concept of trash talk:
Trash talk is a part of the game and no one does it better than Garnett – one of the few old-school players who still mouths off to get a mental edge against opponents. Still, there is such a thing as going over the line – as Rose mentioned in the video above – and Garnett clearly crossed it with Anthony.
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