Kevin Garnett is known for many things in his NBA career; extreme competitiveness, hard nose defense, and a win at all cost attitude. Some would argue that you can add “over the line” player to his resume. On Christmas day the Knicks and Celtics christened the NBA season with a early afternoon thriller which ended with a missed game-winning jumper from Garnett. Bill Walker was contesting Garnett throughout the 4th quarter and the missed jumper ended with Walker gesturing to Garnett and then KG putting his hand around Walker’s throat.
Most were expecting some sort of response from the NBA offices(David Stern) after this incident but it seems that Garnett will not be suspended any games for his role in the altercation.
via Ian Bagley of ESPN
Kevin Garnett won’t be penalized by the NBA for his postgame incident Sunday with New York Knicks guard Bill Walker, a league source told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein on Monday.“Heat of the moment,” Walker said on Monday. “I just went and contested the shot. We got wrapped up, tangled up and, you know, the rest happened.”Walker and Garnett got into it after Walker contested Garnett’s jumper from the right wing at the buzzer. After Garnett’s shot caromed off the rim, Walker appeared to step toward Garnett and say something to him.As Walker was leaving Madison Square Garden following the game, 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.
Walker later added, “I have a respect for KG.”
David Stern and the league offices typically suspend players for these altercations, they have reviewed this clip and decided it wasn’t worthy of a penalty. Was this the right choice?