The enduring moment of Saturday’s disgraceful Nuggets-Knicks brawl will be Carmelo Anthony loading up and smacking Mardy Collins – something for which Anthony will and should be justly punished today, hopefully to the tune of a double-digit suspension.
But from the beginning (Collins’ stupid, unnecessary, hard foul on J.R. Smith), through the middle (Nate Robinson and Jared Jefferies jumping in to escalate things) and to the end (non-apologetic and defending their abhorrent actions as “defending their house”) the Knicks are by far the most culpable party.
Now add to that an ESPN.com report that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas – say that now, because he’s not long for the job – warned Anthony not to drive to the basket just before Collins lowered the boom on Smith.
Too bad Zeke can’t coach or pick players as well as he can interpret the unwritten rules of the NBA and dispense justice with punks like Robinson and Jefferies. A Hall of Fame player, Thomas is a Hall of Shame coach and executive in every conceivable way. He should have been blown out yesterday.
THAT’S A COACH KILLER
Not a great week for Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. After telling everyone in Seattle he’d drop the Falcons like a rotten Georgia peach to coach the University of Washington, a job nowhere near to being open. By the way, Atlanta lost its fourth home game of the season Saturday to Dallas.
A few weeks ago, Jim Mora Sr. called Falcons quarterback Michael Vick a “coach killer.” True or not, his son doesn’t seem to need Vick’s help.
• So that’s enough of all this “maybe Dennis Green should stay” yammering, right?
• From walking out on his teammates to accusing the media “vultures” of making something out of nothing, Jeremy Roenick should be ashamed of his behavior. The whole incident was his creation and his fault.
• The Chargers are the most talented team in the NFL. The only question is, are they talented enough to survive the playoffs with Marty Schottenheimer making the decisions?
• Earth to Terrell Owens. Next time you admit to spitting in the face of an opponent, make sure you’ve been caught by the cameras. The fine you save could be your own.
• Golden State’s Don Nelson is a good coach and funny guy, but he dresses like he stopped at a garage sale – or Steve Nash’s locker – on his way to the arena.
• Nelson on young Warriors guard Monta Ellis: “He’s only 21 years old, and I have to wait on him. But since I’m 66, I can’t be too patient.”
• Suns coach Mike D’Antoni, when told that Nash feels Phoenix’s 14-game winning streak isn’t overly impressive because they haven’t faced many top-tier teams: “Obviously, he’s not in a contract year.”