Tuesday , Jan , 29 , 2013 Matt Formica

Carmelo Anthony wants his money back

If you’re the NBA, you’re not going to suspend Carmelo Anthony without a fight because…

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Melo wants his money back.

By now we all know what went down between Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony and the Honey Nut Cheerios incident during a game between the Knicks and Celtics at Madison Square Garden on January 7th.

But if you’re in the need of a quick refresher, according to numerous reports after the incident, Garnett allegedly told Anthony during that game that Anthony’s wife, LaLa Vasquez, tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.  Some pushing and shoving ensued, which resulted in both All-Stars getting awarded double-technical fouls midway through the fourth quarter.

At the time, Anthony, who has been tearing it up for the Knicks this year, was having possibly his worst game of the season.  The 20 points he finished with would have been great by normal human standards, but for Melo it was horrible, as it came on 6-for-26 shooting from the field and a dismal 4-for-12 from the free throw line.  It took Anthony almost 40 shots to score 20 points; and that hasn’t been the Melo we’ve been gotten used to seeing this year.

Anthony would drop in just three points more after the technicals were given to him and Garnett, and the Celtics went on to win that January 7th game against a frustrated Knicks squad.  But no one was more frustrated than Melo, who decided to look for KG twice after the game; once outside the Celtics locker room and another time outside the team bus, in the parking lot of MSG.

Aside from numerous security personnel having to gather outside Madison Square Garden to control the scene, no physical altercation occurred between Anthony and Garnett.  The league, however, decided to suspend Melo one game without pay, because according to NBA Executive VP of Operations Stu Jackson, "there are no acceptable circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game."

Carmelo served his suspension on January 10th against the Pacers.  The Melo-less Knicks lost that game 81-76.

But now Melo is fighting back.

According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:

"New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has filed an appeal with the National Basketball Association in attempt to recoup lost wages resulting from his one game suspension for confronting Boston’s Kevin Garnett after a recent game."

Apparently, Carmelo, with the support of the players union, felt that "the discipline was excessive" especially given the fact that no physical altercation occurred.

Anthony’s one game suspension cost him a cool $176,000; a figure most people will never make in their lifetime on an annual basis but for Melo, it equates to about 1/110 of his salary.  Must be nice. 

Regardless, the league’s current third leading scorer wants his money back.

No word yet as to when a decision on Anthony’s appeal will be made, but Melo earned a small victory this past Thursday night when his game high 28 points led the Knicks to a 89-86 win over the Celtics in Boston.

On facing Garnett for the first time since his suspension, Melo said, "There’s no grudges between myself and KG.  Whatever happen, happened.  We spoke about that and it’s over with.  I don’t hold anything against a guy like that."

Now that Melo has made his peace with KG, let’s see if the league decides to give Anthony his $176,000 back.  After all, dude’s gotta eat right?!

But what do you think, Hoopsvibers???  Is Melo’s appeal legit?  Should the league give him back his mula???  Leave your comments below!

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