Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers defended Kevin Garnett Thursday, saying the forward didn’t mention Carmelo Anthony’s wife during his Monday trash-talking, as has been thought.
“Well, number one, I know what’s been reported did not happen,” Rivers told Boston sports radio station WEEI during his weekly interview. “I know that as a fact.”
Garnett and Anthony were received double technical fouls Monday for provoking each other, and their argument continued in the Madison Square Garden tunnel after the game. Anthony was suspended Wednesday for confronting Garnett after the game and approaching him at the Celtics’ team bus.
Rivers accused Anthony of trying to put the focus on Garnett.
“Guys, you know how this works,” Rivers told reporters. “A guy does something crazy like Carmelo did, and the way to get out of trouble is to say, ‘Well, he said this.’ It happens all the time, and, what bugs me about this whole thing is this is not a Kevin Garnett issue. And it was made into one, and it shouldn’t have been made into one.”
While Rivers said that players can cross the line with their taunts, he said Garnett knows where that line is.
“It’s pretty crude, I can tell you,” Rivers said. “Out there at times, you hear some crazy stuff. But when it gets racial or personal to family, then that crosses the line. But I’m going to say it again: In this case that didn’t happen. (Garnett) does (know where the line is). He does. I will say that. I’ve never heard him cross the line. And usually when he talks about guys, it’s usually about their game or their team or what he thinks if the guy’s a winner or loser.”