There was never any doubting the fact that these two teams just plain old don’t like each other. When the Boston Celtics stumbled towards the middle of the regular season, star forward Kevin Garnett and his teammates found themselves on a collision course with a New York Knicks squad that, for what it lacked in postseason experience, it more than made up for in confidence. The proud Celts wound up as a seven-seed, set to square off against the second-seeded New Yorkers.
Yes, coach Mike Woodson’s Knicks crew included longtime NBA vets and title winners Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, but all eyes were on superstar Carmelo Anthony.
And his wife, La La Anthony.
Garnett, during the regular season, stoked what sounded like a literal fire under Carmelo when he told Anthony that the love of his life tasted like “Honey Nut Cheerios.”
At first, it looked like that line, while brutal, was going to be forgotten. As the Knicks built a three games to nothing advantage in their best-of-seven playoff series, it looked like the subject of La La was going to be kept where it belonged: Off the court and away from the game itself.
But then a funny thing happened. The Celts actually started hitting shots. As their hubris grew, so did the volume of their trash talking — with La La and “Honey Nut Cheerios” being the most oft-used phrases of the Boston fan base.
Two wins later, the series was moving back to Boston for Game 6; all the momentum was in the Celtics’ favor and one win would put Garnett and Co. at an improbable 3-3 tie and the chance to make history. Never has a team won a playoff series after trailing 3-0.
Let’s fast forward even more. Boston’s fans literally did the trash-talking for the team, screaming “Honey Nut Cheerios” from every seat in the building.
Video courtesy Point Forward
Not that it mattered. Melo scored 21 points to lead the way as the Knicks staved off a late rally to win, 88-80, sending Boston home along with their fans.
Obviously, Melo was going to downplay the La La talk after the win, but the folks over on Twitter had a few ideas as to what he should do to shove the win back in their faces.
Here are some of the best “Honey Nut Cheerios”-related tweets we found.
Carmelo Anthony should eat a giant bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios during his postgame press conference.
— Marcel Mutoni (@marcel_mutoni) May 4, 2013
Suddenly the Celtics tears taste like Honey Nut Cheerios. — Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) May 4, 2013
Garnett can eat all the honey nut Cheerios he want now!!!
— LoyaltyIsAllIKnow (@MILLZDAGENERAL) May 4, 2013
#NYKExtra stick that win in your honey nut Cheerios Boston see ya later bye
— Katwink (@Jikoa66) May 4, 2013
Honey Nut Cheerios is trending, God bless America…
— Myles Heinlein (@MylesHeinlein) May 4, 2013
The people saying that chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios” is classless are the same people who agree with technical fouls for trash talking..
— Ian Dore (@iandore5) May 4, 2013
“Honey Nut Cheerios” is trending. Yes seriously. — Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) May 4, 2013
REPORT: After a long, tough series, Carmelo Anthony can’t wait to get home and put his milk all over his Honey Nut Cheerios.
— Skip Bayless (@FunSkipBayless) May 4, 2013
They Celtic fans was really chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios”. Smh.
— Frank Underwood(@flynessssss) May 4, 2013
If I was Carmelo Anthony, I’d dump a box of Honey Nut Cheerios in the middle of the floor. Right on that Irish dude.
— Adrian Hill (@Hillis3000) May 4, 2013
Knicks win, 88-80 and move on to the 2nd round for the first time since 2000! Sample sized boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for everyone!
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 4, 2013