Melo should look in the mirror (via ESPN.com)
On Monday night. And, unfortunately, beyond.
Whether it’s Jan. 24 or March 26 in Boston, March 31 in New York or possibly in the postseason, the headlines for any future encounters involving Anthony and Garnett won’t be limited to the Knicks versus the Boston Celtics.
Let Melo talk all he wants about things being “settled, done and over with,” as he tried to explain a couple of days after the incident. But all it shows is that in spite of his years of experience, growth, maturation and success, he still has dire need for improvement in the realm of public relations.
When you’re 28 years old, in your 10th NBA season and in line to capture league MVP honors for the first time in your career, no one should need to tell you that waiting outside the opposing team’s bus for one of its players and shrugging off your head coach like he’s some annoying heckler — prompting NYPD and Madison Square Garden security to intervene — while cameras are rolling, no less, is a really bad look. Melo should’ve known this beforehand.
The league’s second-leading scorer should’ve also known that avoiding the media after the game would only exacerbate the situation. That it would only provoke more inquiry as to what specifically warranted such an outrageous reaction to Garnett’s trash-talking, and that it would lead people to wonder exactly what Garnett said, speculating about more than just basketball.
The specifics of the incident didn’t have to become everybody’s business. All Melo had to say was, “Garnett talks too damn much. He gets on my nerves. I didn’t like it. I lost my cool. And I’m sorry because I played bad and we lost.”
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