Carmelo Anthony had an excuse for not being at the New York Knicks’ shootaround Thursday morning. His coach told him to stay at the hotel and take it easy.
The Knicks star forward got even more rest Thursday night, thanks to the NBA.
Less than 24 hours after Anthony was given a one-game suspension for Monday’s confrontation with Kevin Garnett, the Knicks were preparing to face Indiana without their leading scorer. Amare Stoudemire was expected to play only about 20 minutes as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery.
No, this was not how New York wanted to go into a nationally-televised game against the Central Division leaders.
But Anthony’s suspension left them no choice.
“I’m sure he’s disappointed, but again it happened and we can’t go back,” coach Mike Woodson told reporters.
“He’s got to live with it, and he’ll rebound from it. Carmelo is a true pro and he’ll deal with it,” Woodson said.
Anthony contended he went toward the Celtics’ locker room after losing to Boston and later waited for Garnett outside Boston’s team bus because he wanted to discuss Garnett’s choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation.
Anthony had said he didn’t believe he would be suspended because he said he was just looking to talk to Garnett.
NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson ruled otherwise.
Adelman tending to wife
The Minnesota Timberwolves say coach Rick Adelman will remain away from the team while he tends to his wife, who has been in the hospital.
The Timberwolves made the announcement Thursday, one day after Adelman missed his second consecutive game. The Timberwolves say that his status remains day-to-day and he will return to coaching “as soon as he is able.”
Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, was hospitalized earlier this week with an undisclosed ailment.
Assistant coach Terry Porter has filled in and will remain in the role until Adelman returns.
The Timberwolves beat Atlanta on Tuesday night and lost in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to start a four-game road trip.