You probably heard there was quite the scrum (link has video) at the end of the Knicks / Nuggets game tonight. Denver was up 19 with less than 90 seconds to go and, presumably because George Karl is a giant douchebag, four of the five Nugget starters were still in the game.
You don't need me to give you a run down of what happened; you can read about it or see for yourself. What I don't understand is all this talk about Carmelo "sucker-punching" Mardy Collins. A guy on ESPN News used the exact phrase, and Jared Jeffries said something about Mardy "having his hands down." What? They were 60 seconds into the melee and Anthony was staring him right in the face. Was he supposed to stately proclaim "I intend to strike thee!" I don't get it.
I've been sucker punched... a guy hit me from the side while his friend had his arm around me... took me a second to realize what had happened. Thankfully I have an iron jaw. And the fact the guy who hit me was actually a 13 year old boy about 5' nothing... totally immaterial; my jaw is iron, ya' heard?
I'm not condoning what Carmelo did. Hell, most of me doesn't give a shit. I just don't understand the need to blow this out of proportion and make it seem like Anthony took a steel folding chair and clobbered an unsuspecting grandma with a walker who was out in the snow looking for her lost puppy.