12/16/06- Fight night in Nba:nuggets/knicks brawl

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12/16/06- Fight night in Nba:nuggets/knicks brawl

Unread post by Qdawg » December 16th, 2006, 11:43 pm

Anthony Among 10 Ejected in Latest Brawl
Melee Erupts in Fourth Quarter of Nuggets' Win


NEW YORK (Dec. 16) - The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony and the other nine players on the court at the time were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl between the Nuggets and Knicks, triggered in part by a New York team that felt it was being shown up on its home floor.

Multiple players, including Anthony, threw punches, and New York's Nate Robinson and Denver's J.R. Smith - fouled hard by Mardy Collins on the play that started the brawl - flew into the first row of the crowd while fighting during the NBA's scariest scene since Indiana players fought with Detroit fans in 2004.

Smith had a red mark along the left side of his face, but there were no other injuries among the players. No fans were directly involved, even after the fighting spilled into the seats.

According to the Knicks, the whole thing happened because the Nuggets still had their starters on the floor with 1:15 left and a 19-point lead. Denver won 123-100.

"They just wanted to embarrass us," Robinson said. "It was a slap in the face to us. As a team, as a franchise, we weren't going to let that happen. A clean, hard foul happened and after that it went down from there."

The foul wasn't clean at all. Collins grabbed Smith around the neck as he was going in for a breakaway layup. Anthony and Robinson quickly jumped in, and the melee went from one end of the court all the way to the other.

Anthony threw a punch at Collins, and now awaits what will surely be strong punishment from a league still trying to repair its image after the melee in Auburn Hills, Mich.

"Something's going to happen, but we shall see and wait," Anthony said. "I don't really want to comment on that right now."

The NBA didn't, either. Spokesman Tim Frank said the league would "review the incident in its entirety. Until then, it would not be appropriate to comment."

But the players can expect a harsh penalty with the brawl happening at Madison Square Garden, right in the hometown of NBA headquarters.

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Unread post by Young Deuce » December 16th, 2006, 11:59 pm

anybody got that fight on tape....

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Unread post by BlueCadillaC167 » December 18th, 2006, 10:31 am

It was on ESPN all weekend.

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Unread post by Young Deuce » December 18th, 2006, 11:18 am

carmelo stole dude but niggaz thought carmelo was runnin naw what happen was the team rushed his dumb ass..........

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Unread post by Qdawg » December 18th, 2006, 2:13 pm

Anthony suspended 15 games for role in brawl
Six other players disciplined, but no penalty for Knicks coach Thomas; both teams fined $500,000
By Childs Walker
Sun Reporter
Originally published December 18, 2006

The NBA today suspended leading scorer Carmelo Anthony for 15 games as punishment for throwing a punch in Saturday night's brawl between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.

The penalty was one of the harshest the league has levied against a player for on-court fighting. Commissioner David Stern said he was attempting to send a message that brawling won't be tolerated in the NBA.

It is our obligation to take the strongest possible steps to avoid such failures in the future," he said.

The league also suspended Nuggets guard J.R. Smith for 10 games, Knicks guard Nate Robinson for 10 games, Knicks guard Mardy Collins for six games, Knicks forward Jared Jeffries for four games and Nuggets forward Nene Hilario and Knicks center Jerome James one game each for leaving the bench during the fracas. The league fined the Knicks and Nuggets $500,000 each.

The incident began late in the game when Collins caught Smith on a breakaway and fouled him hard around the neck. The two players went chest to chest and others, such as Robinson and Jeffries crowded around. Anthony then thrust himself into the pack and after Robinson and Smith tumbled to the ground, he exchanged heated words with Collins. Several assistant coaches tried to pull Anthony away but as he backed up he fired a roundhouse right that landed on the side of Collins' head.

Stern seemed to address Anthony's actions directly when he said, "Players must take advantage of pauses in a heated situation to stop and restore order instead of escalating."

When asked if Anthony's run of excellent play and community service mitigated his actions in the brawl, Stern said no.

"We judged him on his actions on the court, period," the commissioner said. "As a personal matter, I think he's doing great, but that's separate and apart. He did what he did, and he has to accept responsibility for it."

Stern said he hoped to meet with Anthony to discuss his sentiments.

The brawl was the worst the NBA has experienced since a Nov. 2004 melee between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons spilled into the stands. In the wake of that incident, Stern raised the minimum age to enter the league's draft, imposed a dress code and encouraged referees to crack down on in-game displays of outrage.

Asked yesterday if the league still has an image problem, he said, "If you ask the question, then we have an image issue."

Stern said his league should be a model for the basketball world and pointed to the $500,000 fines for each team as a message that everyone must take responsibility for nurturing its image.

One of the fascinating subplots of the incident was the suggestion by several Nuggets sources that Thomas warned Anthony against driving to the basket late in the game. The implication was that the Nuggets' star would be greeted with a hard foul. Some expected Thomas to be punished as an instigator along with the players.

But Stern said the fines against each team shouldn't be taken as a verdict against Thomas or Denver coach George Karl.

"It's a more general message that we're going to start holding teams accountable for the actions of their players," he said.

The suspension for Anthony was shorter than those received by Pacers Ron Artest (a record 73 games), Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal for fighting with Detroit fans in 2004. It was also shorter than the 26 games Kermit Washington received for shattering Rudy Tomjanovich's face with a single punch in 1977. But in the history of the NBA, most on-court fighters have received suspensions of fewer than five games.

Stern said the league has come a long way in eradicating fighting but added that deterrents have to be stronger. "This will not be a lasting issue," he said.

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Unread post by Y.g. Kappa Don » December 18th, 2006, 3:22 pm

Young Deuce wrote:carmelo stole dude but niggaz thought carmelo was runnin naw what happen was the team rushed his dumb ass..........
That nigga wuz runnin homie all the way 2 half court if he wuz a G he woulda stayed on the baseline like a rida and threw the chuck'umz instead of a lil sucka punch like a girl and run like a hoe, this shit looked like the dipset video when they got the azz's whooped at the rucker J.R. Smith look like Jim Jones gettin bodyslammed (By a lil nigga Nate Robinson 5'7) and Carmelo weenie azz look like Cam'ron runnin 4 the fence gettin out of harms way. :lol:

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Unread post by 'X' » December 18th, 2006, 7:05 pm

Yeah that was a coward move on carmelo part to take off on dude and then bust the moonwalk so far back he was out of the camera view...

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Unread post by 'X' » December 18th, 2006, 7:16 pm

Young Deuce wrote:anybody got that fight on tape....

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dtBYUz43G_M

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Unread post by looneytunes1 » December 18th, 2006, 10:40 pm

Carmelo stuck that boy hard! Although it was a sucka punch, and then he hauled ass like a little girl when dude tried to catch his ass lol

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Unread post by creativemind » December 19th, 2006, 12:54 am

looneytunes1 wrote:Carmelo stuck that boy hard! Although it was a sucka punch, and then he hauled ass like a little girl when dude tried to catch his ass lol
C'mon now!!! He ain't hit him hard. His fist wasn't even closed tight. If you 6'8" with' all the leverage and catch somebody on the chin, they got to at least wobble, if not fall the fuck out!!! That s'posed to be a straight up TKO!!! That dude was just lookin' Melo and getting ready to whoop that azz!! That why Melo was back pedalin' so damn fast!!!

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Unread post by StillNoScript » December 19th, 2006, 1:50 am

If my girlfriend's cans were as big as La La's, I would never have another reason to punch another man for the rest of my life. I don't know what's wrong with 'melo. If he owned an oil company, he really would have everything.

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Unread post by rocstar » December 19th, 2006, 3:40 am

creativemind wrote:
looneytunes1 wrote:Carmelo stuck that boy hard! Although it was a sucka punch, and then he hauled ass like a little girl when dude tried to catch his ass lol
C'mon now!!! He ain't hit him hard. His fist wasn't even closed tight. If you 6'8" with' all the leverage and catch somebody on the chin, they got to at least wobble, if not fall the fu-- out!!! That s'posed to be a straight up TKO!!! That dude was just lookin' Melo and getting ready to whoop that azz!! That why Melo was back pedalin' so damn fast!!!
He fell but I think it was because he was moving back and tripped.

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Unread post by looneytunes1 » December 19th, 2006, 6:22 am

creativemind wrote:C'mon now!!! He ain't hit him hard. His fist wasn't even closed tight. If you 6'8" with' all the leverage and catch somebody on the chin, they got to at least wobble, if not fall the fu-- out!!! That s'posed to be a straight up TKO!!! That dude was just lookin' Melo and getting ready to whoop that azz!! That why Melo was back pedalin' so damn fast!!!
That shit was loud though! Even over a huge ass crowd of fans going crazy screaming and all you could here that SMACK over everything, even the broadcaster pointed that out..lol

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Unread post by tysuave » December 19th, 2006, 4:51 pm

aint nothing like a good ole nba fight :lol:

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Unread post by Y.g. Kappa Don » December 22nd, 2006, 12:32 pm

Even Allen I. was laughin at that nigga Melo talkin bout " ha ha, sometimes you gotta stick and move, ha ha", on ESPN interview

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