Some things defy commentary.
Seven players get suspensions from Knicks-Nuggets
NEW YORK — NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony was
suspended for 15 games today and six other players were penalized as
commissioner David Stern came down hard on both teams after the Nuggets and
Knicks brawled at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks' Nate Robinson, a former University of Washington standout,
and J.R. Smith of Denver each got 10 games, and four other players also were
suspended. Stern fined each organization $500,000. But there was no separate
penalty for Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, who had warned Anthony not to go into the
lane before the mayhem started Saturday night.
"The NBA and its players represent a game of extraordinary skill,
athleticism and grace, and, for good or bad, set an example for the entire
basketball world, on and off the court," Stern said in a statement.
Collins of New York, whose hard foul on Smith sparked the fighting, was
suspended six games and Knicks teammate Jared Jeffries will miss four. Also, the
Knicks' Jerome James and Denver's Nene were both penalized one game for leaving
the bench area during the chaos.
Ten players were ejected after the fight, which started with 1:15 left in
Denver's 123-100 victory. It was the NBA's scariest scene since the brawl
between Pacers players and Pistons fans in Detroit two years ago.