After yelling back at head coach Jeff Hornacek in the Knicks' matchup against the Timberwolves, center Kyle O'Quinn said it was nothing personal.
Hornacek was angry with O'Quinn's effort on a Karl Anthony-Towns three-point shot that he didn't close out on. He yelled at O'Quinn who immediately yelled back, and the entire altercation was caught on camera.
O'Quinn, though, said there was nothing behind the argument. It was simply a matter of two grown men in his words.
"It's one of those if I yell at you, you at me, it's over," O'Quinn told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "It's two grown me. Respect each other in our own right, and I would never disrespect a coach to the point where we have to hash it out the next day.
"It just [expletive] that it was on TV. The camera was in my mouth. We have practices and training camp, there's a lot more said behind closed doors, but you don't have to speak about it the next day, you just go on."
Hornacek agreed completely with his center.
"It's the heat of the game," he said. "I thought he should have been up close on the three-point contest and he tought he was up far enough. Simple as that. That was it.
"It was over as soon as the timeout was. That happens sometimes with teams and guys want to win. That's that."
O'Quinn is known for his fire and tenacity on the court, but talking back to a coach has never been his thing. This was the first incident where he got into it with Hornacek.
"It's never happened before," O'Quinn said. "It's just a player-coach interaction that work buddies get into, at any level. It's not disrespect. It's just a reaction that caused a reaction, and I'd be the first one to say that my reaction was the wrong one. I shouldn't have come back. Just because somebody is yelling at me, I shouldn't yell back. Two wrongs don't make a right."
O'Quinn had more time to think about his actions, as he sat out Sunday's game against the Wizards with a strained left hip.