Hansbrough earned the nickname "Psycho T" when he was playing for the UNC Tar Heels, but he seemed pretty sane on Monday when he declined to engage in any extracurricular activities with World Peace.
The on-court incident occurred when World Peace fouled Hansbrough and knocked the ball away from him from behind. Hansbrough spun around and looked ready to start something before he noticed that it was World Peace who had initiated the contact.
As World Peace -- formerly known as Ron Artest -- advanced toward Hansbrough, teammate Landry Fields and a referee got in the way. “My bad, my bad,” Hansbrough appeared to say in the video replay.
Carmelo Anthony confirmed that Hansbrough said he was sorry. “I had a front-row seat,” Anthony said. “I saw the [Hansbrough] apology.”
World Peace went on Twitter to stick up for Hansbrough:
I would play on Tyler's team anyday.. you guys are silly!! Stop adding fire to pre season ball. Fighting doesnt make u tough. win'n does!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) October 22, 2013
Tyler Hansbrough, dont listen to these fools. Keep being s hard nose ball player!!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) October 22, 2013
The Raptors beat the Knicks 123-120 in double overtime. Hansbrough had 10 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.