(2006) The Knicks & Nuggets Brawl, NBA Scoring Leader Carmelo Anthony Suspended 15 Games
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There’s been a lot of memorable fights at MSG – starting with Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano in 1951 – but in 2006, the most memorable fight happened during a NBA game between the Knicks and Nuggets.
It all started with an unnecessary Mardy Collins foul on JR Smith with a little more than a minute left in a Nuggets win. The two had some words and then a trailing Nate Robinson and Carmelo Anthony came into the equation which caused all hell to break loose.
As a result of the fight, NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony was suspended 15 games, JR Smith and Nate Robinson were suspended 10 each, Collins 6, Jared Jeffries 4 and 2 players were suspended a game for leaving the bench. Both organizations were also fined half a million dollars.
Another storyline from the night was Nuggets Coach George Karl blaming Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas for the fight which started with comments Thomas made to Melo late in the 4th quarter.
“He should be accountable for what his actions are,” Karl said about Thomas. “There’s no question in my mind it was premeditated. He made a bad situation worse. He’s a jerk for what he’s trying to do.”
“I just said to him, ‘You know, you’re up 20, you’re up 19 with a minute and half to go, you and (Marcus) Camby really shouldn’t be in the game right now,” Thomas said. “We had surrendered, those guys shouldn’t even be in the game at that point in time.”