Originally Posted by angryllama
I'm not so sure about that, but we'll see.
As a fan of neither team, I dont have a dog in either hunt. I do see some variables that will cause this to be propagated for awhile and ultimately dealt with severely.
1. Anthony is a budding "superstar", and he will get much more media attention. He threw a slap that caused the thing to become chaotic, and there are several images that will be shown all over the place. The media can focus on Anthony because of his past, and this thing wont die for a couple of weeks. It's a big deal.
2. It went into the front row.
3. It happened right in the belly of the beast. The NY media will push this story hard and villainize Anthony.
4. It has the same chaotic NBA feel and close fan proximity as "the brawl", and has mainstream staying power because of the dramatic images that recall that event.
I agree on a couple of points, but I don't think that's going to carry much weight when suspensions are handed down. Things are still hot right now because it just happened a couple of hours ago, but in the end it's just an on court incident of a few players getting into it with each other. They'll be punished and this whole thing will blow over and be forgotten.
It's not going to be anywhere near as lasting as the Palace brawl.....no matter how much the media wants to morph it into that.