One day after lingering by the opposing team bus, waiting for Celtics forward Kevin Garnett to board, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that he lost his cool.

But he also said there was a good reason why he lost his cool.

"There are some things you just don't say to … another man," Anthony said after Tuesday afternoon's practice at the MSG Training Center. "I felt that [he] crossed that line.

"Like I said, we both have an understanding right now. We handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation was handled."

The NBA may not consider the matter resolved. Anthony said he doesn't think his actions warrant punishment – "Nothing happened for me to be suspended," Anthony said – but the league likely won't condone the Knick forward's decision to stake out the opposing team's bus.

Neither Anthony nor Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had heard from the league as of Tuesday afternoon. Anthony's message to the media was simple: He was not looking to fight Garnett; he merely was hoping to chat with him.

Anthony declined to address the exact details of what Garnett said on the court, even as reports circulated that the Celtics forward made an inappropriate crack about Anthony's wife La La.

"I lost my cool [Monday]," Anthony said. "I accept that. But there are just certain things that push certain people's buttons. … I lost my composure [Monday]. For the most part, I've been very positive this season. I allowed something [or] someone to get me off my squares and allow negativity into myself."