Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony says NBA was making an example of him with 15-game suspension in 2006
Suspensions are imminent for those involved in the brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony won’t be suspended for his role in this altercation. He mainly played the role of peacemaker. But Anthony has a history with NBA brawls.
Melo was suspended for 15 games in his part in the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl in 2006. The Rockets forward believes the league wanted to make an example of him at the time.
“The NBA was making an example of me at that point in time,” Anthony said of the 2006 scrum. “You have to think about where the NBA was at that point in time. The image of the NBA, Indiana-Detroit and what was going on those days. [Malice in the Palace] just happened. So, the NBA was at an all-time high [in sensitivity] because of that.”
“There hasn’t been anything that has happened since then,” Anthony said to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “That just shows where the league has been. It’s a business. Anything that was happening on the court, people were shying away from. And now to this incident, it will be interesting to see what they do.”
It’s still unclear how hard the league will come down on those involved. Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and Chris Paul are all likely to get suspended for some period of time.
It’s hard to expect the suspensions to come anywhere near Anthony’s 15-game suspension, but they will all have some time off in the very near future. The Rockets have to hope Chris Paul isn’t out long.
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