NEW YORK Following the Boston Celtics' 106-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Christmas Day, the question was bound to be asked at some point.
Near the end of the game, Kevin Garnett and former Celtic Billy Walker had an exchange in which Garnett appeared to put his hands on Walker after the two had what appeared to be some harsh words.
When asked about it after the game, Garnett scoffed, "Next question."
He won't have the opportunity to be so dismissive if the league office calls, and there's a good chance they will after reviewing the incident. There's a possibility Garnett could be suspended for the Celtics' game Tuesday night in Miami, meaning Boston would have to face the powerful Heat without KG and Paul Pierce.
Walker wasn't as reticent to speak about it as Garnett.
I went to contest his shot, Walker said. I guess he got mad I contested his shot. He grabbed my hand, tangled it up. I pulled my hand away, and then we had a situation . . .
Im a grown-up. You put your hands on my face, what part of the game is that? You know what the man does . . . Would you want me to put my hands on your face and push you away? Im a man at the end of the day. Its disrespectful. You should not do that to any man.
Coach Doc Rivers, who was shaking hands with Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni when the incident occured, said, "I didn't see what happened."
Rivers said he spoke with Garnett after the game, but their conversation had nothing to do with the incident with Walker.
"I just talked to him about our mistakes down the stretch as a team," Rivers said.