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Did Carmelo Anthony deserve suspension?

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02:28 PM ET 01.10 | New York Knicks' superstar Carmelo Anthony won't be in uniform Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers, after being handed a one-game suspension for his actions after Monday night's game against the Boston Celtics. The question is, did 'Melo deserve to get suspended? That answer is a crystal clear yes, without a doubt. You simply cannot be allowed to act in the fashion Anthony did following the Celtics game, whether blows were thrown or not. Anthony said he just wanted to talk to Garnett and that may be true, but there are better ways to go about that than waiting for someone by their team bus. NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said it best in a statement (via ESPN's Ian Begley). "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." There is just one small problem with the entire situation and that is the fact that no discipline was handed Garnett's way. It takes two to tango and a situation such as Monday night doesn't escalate to the point that it did, without two people stirring the pot, not just one. By not suspending Garnett as well, the NBA sends a clear message his way. They are saying that they will tolerate him acting like a punk whenever he sees fit. There is no doubt that Anthony shouldn't have allowed KG to get under his skin. There is even less doubt to the fact that he shouldn't have acted in the fashion he did following the game. But to not hand down some sort of punishment to the other party is a little bit ridiculous.

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January 10, 2013  02:34 PM ET

Yes, should have walked away and went home. Words are useless and waiting on him showed immaturity... just win and go home.

January 10, 2013  02:51 PM ET

Absolutely.

Why?

The NBA is trying to give an image of professionalism, not that it employs a bunch of uneducated thug-children.

Send a message to the rest of the league that childishness is not tolerable...we don't need another Detroit Indian event to happen again.

January 10, 2013  02:57 PM ET

The Angel of Stern has suspended people for much less...

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January 10, 2013  03:37 PM ET
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You have somewhat of a point but if you're going to preserve an image of professionalism let it be even handed. KG has been dirty for years and nothing is said about it. What's good for the goose is good for the scrawny punk a** gander.

You alright?

KG is the last of his kind. In 3 years he'll be retired and we are left with little kids who are boring and don't talk smack.

Trash talking is part of the game. Get over it.

January 10, 2013  03:37 PM ET

He should have got more!

January 10, 2013  03:37 PM ET

Carmelo went about it the wrong way. If you go after someone after a game, it is all on him. He should have put a call in to Stern for some type of assessment on KG. KG is smart enough to not go after someone after a game. Z-bo was not with Perkins and neither was Carmelo. Both got suspended a game.

January 10, 2013  03:51 PM ET

For sure! 1 game seems fair.

January 10, 2013  03:52 PM ET
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You have somewhat of a point but if you're going to preserve an image of professionalism let it be even handed. KG has been dirty for years and nothing is said about it. What's good for the goose is good for the scrawny punk a** gander.

You really don't see the difference in what the two did?

January 10, 2013  03:54 PM ET
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KG has been dirty for years and nothing is said about it.

Too be fair, it's gets talked about quite a bit.

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January 10, 2013  04:23 PM ET
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Absolutely.Why?The NBA is trying to give an image of professionalism, not that it employs a bunch of uneducated thug-children.Send a message to the rest of the league that childishness is not tolerable...we don't need another Detroit Indian event to happen again.

Well said.

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January 10, 2013  11:50 PM ET

Melo is a thug and mentality weak- he let KG get the best of him...lost his mind, and ended up costing his team- while i am not a proponent about KG's antics - he did not break any rules and did everything he could to help his team win

Melo lost his mind like a little petulant girl, got suspended, and now his team lost tonight to the Pacers who are hot on their trail and playing a lot better ball then the Knicks lately DESPITE the absence of Danny Granger- if and when Granger comes back, Indiana is simply a better, deeper team then the Bricks

Hibbert
D. West
P. George
Granger
G. Hill

vs.

Melo
Amare
Chandler
Jr Smith
Felton

-besides MElo- Indian'as players are younger, better, more versatile (not just one way player like Chandler, Amare, Jr Smith, and for the most part Melo)

January 10, 2013  11:52 PM ET

Paul George DOMINATED the Knicks tonight

defensively he was amazing- offensively he was stellar as well....

out of the top 7 players in that series- the Pacers would ahve at least 5 of them

 
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