Carmelo Anthony reveals crazy stories on infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl in 2016
There are countless Where Were You When moments in the NBA. Michael Jordan’s shrug, LeBron James’ block, Kobe Bryant’s 81 points, Chris Andersen missing 748735 dunks during the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest, etc. But for the fans of the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets, one of the most memorable moments was the infamous brawl involving Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith, Nate Robinson, Jared Jeffries, and a bunch of other guys.
It happened in December 2016 when the Knicks hosted the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Anthony, who was then the Nuggets’ star, recently revealed crazy stories about the incident. Apparently, before the riot, the Nuggets got a warning from Isiah Thomas, who was then the Knicks coach (via Million Dollaz Worth of Game).
“Isiah got beef with George Karl. I don’t know what the f*** beef is, but they got beef. So in the game, Isiah looks at me and says, ‘Yo, nobody go to the hole.’ We on the free throw line, the ball comes off, we get the rebound, we throw it to JR Smith. We up, we bustin’ they ass, we blowin’ them up. JR was about to do something crazy on the break, and all I see is this kid (Mardy Collins) runs full speed on the court and grabs JR out the air.”
From there, all hell broke loose for the Knicks and the Nuggets as several players got into it. Anthony said he stared at Thomas to express his disgust.
“I look at Isiah, ‘You a sucker for that.’ You don’t do no s*** like that. You a sucker for that. Now, JR and Nate Robinson are in the crowd. I run over there, coaches and players are grabbing me, I’m like ‘Nobody touch me!’ And then I think Jared Jeffries or somebody grabbed my neck and I blacked!”
Carmelo Anthony got suspended for 15 games for his role in the riot and got cast as a villain for several years. Curiously enough, a few years later, he found himself playing for the Knicks.