Memphis Grizzlies Rumors
A bizarre chain of events left a fan ejected from the Garden with an ice pack and Vince Carter scratching his head over a unique experience in his long career. In the fourth quarter of Memphis’ 91-85 victory over the Knicks Friday night, Carter’s momentum following a drive carried him along the baseline and toward the tunnel, where a fan was standing in front of his seat. Carter appeared to make contact with the fan, who grabbed his face and fell sprawled out into his seat while holding his eye.
“He said that I slapped him,” Carter said. “How did I slap him? I’m trying not to fall in the stands. In front of the security guard. It was just weird. “I just heard him say what he said, cursing, that’s why I was like, ‘What? What is this coming from?’ And then the security guard said he heard it.”
Peace prevailed between the two Friday but Barnes now is 3-0 against Fisher — two Memphis victories and triumphant in the brawl. “I get booed everywhere,’’ Barnes said. “I don’t mind it I enjoy. It means you’re doing something. They don’t boo you if you’re not doing anything. They’re booing if you’re doing something right which is what an away crowd is supposed to do. It’s what they’re here to do and they do a good job if it.’’
There was another ejection — a fan in the front row. Porzingis fouled Vince Carter hard on a drive and he tumbled into the crowd, colliding with a spectator who began harassing him. The fan was booted. “It didn’t involve me so I got to stay away,’’ said Barnes, who has been disciplined by the NBA twice over the Fisher incident.
Former Knick Zach Randolph playfully chided the New York media for making a beeline to Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr. after Friday morning’s shootaround at the Garden. “Mike Conley’s not coming here, man,” Randolph said.