Step aside, Carmelo. Lala has this one under control.
Following the New York's loss to the Boston Celtics, Jordan Crawford and Carmelo Anthony, among others, exchanged unpleasantries. Although we don't know what they said, it is believed that Crawford followed in Kevin Garnett's footsteps by taking shots at 'Melo's wife, Lala Vazquez.
Crawford, who spent all of Game 5 on the bench, has since denied saying anything about Vazquez. She, however, doesn't believe him.
Vazquez posted a picture on her Instagram account that took a direct shot at Crawford's (alleged) trash talk and his lack of playing time. And unlike 'Melo himself, she hit her target.
"Try again," the caption beneath the picture reads. "You on the bench for a reason."
You see what Lala did there? Okay, cool. As long as we're on the same page.
This must have been the reason why Anthony was so composed (for him) following the incident.
There was no running of the Knicks toward the Celtics team bus, and when approached about the issue, he basically shrugged it off.
"Im not thinking about Jordan Crawford right now," Anthony said (via Gary Dzen of Boston.com). "I don't even think he deserves for you to be typing about him right now."
Compared to what happened between Garnett and him earlier in the season, that was like a hug.
'Melo must have then known that his wifey would respond in kind. After the first incident I'm sure they sat down and formulated a plan should she ever be the (supposed) subject of trash talk again. One that would culminate in her emasculating the perpetrator via multiple social-media platforms.
If that's the case, kudos to the Anthonys. I'm fairly certain Knicks fans owe Vazquez a (hypothetical) high-five or fist-bump as well. 'Melo can't be suspended if he's not the one who takes off the gloves. And who needs the threat of bus-ride beat downs when you've got a "strong" woman by your side who can intimidate "weak men."
Clearly, Vazquez isn't just 'Melo's companion or friend or the mother of his son. Nor is she merely eye candy or a trophy wife. And she most certainly isn't trash-talking fodder.
Like her husband, she does more. Where 'Melo's extra-carricular activities include boxing, Vazquez's include composing public retorts for occasions such as these.
So consider yourself warned. Mess with Lala, and she'll lay the smackdown.
No postgame bus chase needed.