Garnett and Anthony famously got into it last season during and after the Knicks’ Jan. 7 loss to Boston.
Anthony went looking for Garnett in the Celtics' locker room and confronted him outside of the Celtics' team bus after Garnett said something offensive to him. “It’s certain things that you don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said at the time. He was later suspended one game for his conduct.
On Sunday, Anthony was asked if he sees Garnett -- now on the Brooklyn Nets -- around New York City.
“Yeah,” he said. "I don't have no problem with him. He don't have no problem with me. We talk, we laugh, we joke. I see him out and about. No problems."
What about Metta? Metta World Peace had hoped to return two weeks after undergoing blood-spinning therapy Jan. 6, but that won’t happen. Monday’s game against the Nets is two weeks since World Peace's procedure, and he won’t play in the game.
Mike Woodson suggested Sunday that World Peace still has one procedure left to complete the blood-spinning therapy, though the coach wasn’t sure if he’d already had the procedure.
Either way, it sounds as if World Peace will need a few practices before he takes the court.
“We’re not gonna put him back out there just to [play him]. ... He’s gotta condition himself to come back,” Woodson said. “Before we actually get him out here and start running him crazy, he’s gotta get in a little better shape.”
Honoring MLK: The Knicks, Nets and all NBA players playing games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will wear “Dream BIG” shooting shirts during warm-ups as part of the NBA’s “Dream BIG” campaign to celebrate MLK Day and Black History Month.
The league will also debut an ad featuring Miami's Chris Bosh to honor Black History Month.
Melo says Knicks-Nets is always a big game: The Knicks and Nets are a combined 16 games under .500, but that doesn’t mean Monday’s matinee matchup isn’t a big game, Carmelo says.
“Anytime we play them, it should always be a big game, a high-energy game,” Anthony said. "... Us being in Manhattan, we’re in the city, them being in Brooklyn -- the Battle of New York. There should always be that focus on that game.”
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