Knicks big man Enes Kanter isn’t happy with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and assistant coach Darvin Ham after a brief scuffle in Thursday’s game.
The altercation happened after Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and was knocked down by Kanter, though no foul was called on the play.
The two then went face-to-face, and Ham stepped in the middle of Kanter and Antetokounmpo to separate them during the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s victory over New York. Both players were called for a technical foul, then Kanter was called for a second technical that led to his ejection with 9 minutes, 56 seconds left.
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Kanter told reporters Friday that he believes Antetokounmpo had preferential treatment during the incident because he’s the NBA’s “golden boy.”
“He’s the golden boy,” Kanter said Friday (via ESPN). “Obviously he’s the golden child, and they gave me two technicals. OK. Whatever. I’m going to leave the management to take care of all that stuff.”
The New York center said he first had a problem with Antetokounmpo when the Bucks forward said earlier this season he would punch Knicks forward Mario Hezonja in the groin after Hezonja dunked on Antetokounmpo during an early December game, ESPN notes.
“I was very pissed because what kind of player are you … did he not get any PR lesson?” Kanter said of Antetokounmpo’s comments.
“You cannot say to the media, ‘I’m going to punch somebody in the whatever.’ If you’re the best player in the world or the worst player in the world, you cannot be talking about my teammate like that. It’s very childish of him. He’s an MVP candidate. He’s a cool dude and carrying that franchise, but you can’t be talking about my teammates like that.”
Kanter also said Friday he believes Ham should be fined for separating the two, claiming Ham shouldn’t have touched him.
“[Ham] should get fined,” Kanter said. “The NBA should fine him. He’s not my assistant coach, so he’s not allowed to touch me. You’re a Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach, so you’re allowed to touch the Bucks players. Not me. He cannot be touching me. I could’ve just pushed him back and started another fight, but I don’t think the NBA wants that. He’s not my assistant coach. He’s not my friend. He’s not nobody.”