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No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 6:04 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver.kg-nyk

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett choked New York Knicks wing Bill Walker after a nationally-televised Christmas Day game.

He won't pay any price for it.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Garnett "will not face any disciplinary action" in relation to the altercation, which involved Garnett shoving Walker's throat after he missed a potentially game-tying buzzer-beater.

Punishment or no, at least Garnett had the decency to shake hands after the fact.

ESPNNY.com reports that Garnett and Walker were able to make amends following their postgame altercation which ensued immediately after Walker challenged Garnett's potential game-tying basket in the game's final second.
"When I was leaving the arena I talked to him," Walker said on Monday. "It's no hard feelings or nothing like that. We're both competitors and wanted to win. Emotions run high when you're playing at that type of level."

As Walker was leaving the Garden, 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.
Kudos to Walker for being the bigger man. Garnett is a one-of-a-kind monster and his frustration level is going to be off the charts this season as the Celtics struggle to deal with injuries and aging. His emotions clearly got the better of him -- something that seems to be happening increasingly often in recent years -- and Walker's gesture serves to deflate some of the tension that is sure to continue brewing between the Atlantic Division's top-2 teams. 

On the court, the Knicks served notice that they belong next to the Celtics in the division race. After the buzzer and, later, off the court, Walker showed Garnett that he is above cowering at petty intimidation tactics. New York wound up leaving with both the victory and their dignity.

Garnett leaves the scene lucky to not have cost himself some money or his team an important rotation player for Tuesday night's game showdown against the Miami Heat.
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Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:39 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

So Drew Gooden is kicked out of the game and suspended for another game, so 2 games, for committing a routine hard playoff style foul. Kevin Garnett grabs another player by the throat in rage and not even a word about it. I'd like to see what happened if the roles where reversed. Garnett wouldn't have even been kicked out of the game for the Gooden foul, and Good would have been suspended 10 games for choking a player. Welcome to David Sterns corrupt little world.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:46 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Sometimes a brotha needs to choke a be atch....



WORD. LMAO!!



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:48 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

It looked to me like Walker was really giving Garnett the business after missing the shot---even looked like he purposely pushed him. Not sure you got the whole story here, but that usually does not stop you from printing a story



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:39 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Sometimes a brotha needs to choke a be atch....



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:36 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Or Oakley



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:11 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

I wish Walker kicked his azz.  Garnett needs a beatdown.  That said we do need him



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:53 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

put ur hand around my neck, and see what happens!!!! 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:45 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

Although Garnett is an absolutely immature little kid in his mid-30s, he by no means "choked" anyone here.  Sports writers are nearly as bad as politicians when it comes to fabricating and twisting words and events.  Yep, that includes you, Ben Golliver.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:38 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

It's not like Garnett jumped on him and held him down and wrapped his hands around his throat and tried to kill him. Nor do think Garnett intentionally aimed to chop him in the throat as much as to just get the dude out of his face. The players in the NBA and the fans need to Nut up and stop the crying over every little thing the media decides to blow out of porportion. Garnett is a gamer and hates to lose........i wish more players in the game these days cared about winning and not just their own stat line or next payday.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:26 pm
 

No fine, suspension for Kevin Garnett over choke

KG has serious anger issues and he is a bully.  Walker may have provoked him, which is like teasing a lion with a piece of meat, but KG is out of control.  He gets this sick twisted look in his eyes...........if the guy had zero hoops skills we would be reading a story in the paper about him killing someone in a fit of rage for sure.

I did not see KG laughing at the Knicks at the end of this game.  I am not an NBA fan at all, but I will watch those two teams play next time, I think there is a better chance of fight in that match up then any hockey game I can see.


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