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Kevin Garnett thinks it’s f—ing bulls— he was not credited with rebound (Video)

Kevin Garnett has been one of the NBA’s best rebounders his entire career. In fact, he had a streak of recording at least one rebound in every game he played since January 21, 1997. But on Saturday, that streak came to an end when he failed to grab a rebound in the Boston Celtics’ 92-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics may have won the game, but Garnett was not happy about losing his streak. He went on a humorous rant about it while talking with reporters after the game. (NSFW language):

“I’m looking for the statistician around here. When I find out what he looks like, we might have some problems,” Garnett joked. “I had a rebound in the first quarter! That’s bulls— man! Naw that’s f—ing bulls— man! I had a rebound in the first half!”

“I think that’s an error. We’re going to fix that.”

When told the last time he didn’t have a rebound was 1997, Garnett was in shock.

“Better dust of that! Are you serious? That’s an error. They gotta go back and fix that,” he joked.

That was a funny rant and all, but what is it about Boston athletes always flipping out about their stats?

Video via Chris Forsberg
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Avery Johnson is sick of Kevin Garnett knowing all the Nets’ plays

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has seen it all. After 17 seasons and counting in the NBA, there’s very little you can throw at the future Hall-of-Famer on the court that would catch him off guard. His attention to detail has made him one of the best defensive players in the league for years and has frustrated people like Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson along the way.

“The funny thing is, I wish he would be quiet on the floor and not call out your plays,” Johnson said Thursday before his team hosted the Celtics, via ESPNNewYork.com. “He’s seen so much. We’ll call a play and he’ll say, ‘Joe (Johnson) is going over here and Deron (Williams) is going here.’ It’s not funny anymore, OK?

“As much as (Rajon) Rondo quarterbacks their offense, (Garnett) quarterbacks their defense. … I like every now and then when we’ll surprise him with something, and then maybe he’ll look at the bench and curse the other coaches out, not me.”

Of course, Johnson is giving Garnett the highest form of compliment by basically admitting that he gets in his head during games. Nets center Brook Lopez echoed Johnson’s kind words, calling K.G. “one of the best players of all time” and admitting that he tries to emulate a lot of what The Big Ticket does.

Garnett may be 36 and past his prime, but there’s a reason Rajon Rondo made these comments about him just a few days ago. The body always starts to go, but that doesn’t stop the mind from staying sharp.

Rajon Rondo: Celtics in trouble when Kevin Garnett leaves floor

The Boston Celtics entered the season expected to contend with the Miami Heat (and possibly others) for the Eastern Conference title. They’re off to a 3-3 start, which isn’t bad, but certainly not impressive when you consider that two of the wins came against the Wizards. One of the main problems for the Celtics is their age.

Kevin Garnett is 36 and Paul Pierce is 35, which means their minutes continue to be limited like they have been the past few seasons. Point guard Rajon Rondo says that comes at a cost; he said the team struggles when KG leaves the floor.

“Nothing’s happening right. Just chaos,” Rondo said with a sly smile after Friday’s loss to the Sixers.

“When Kevin goes out, things change. Teams go on a run for some reason. We gotta take the challenge as a team and try to find a way to stop those types of runs because he’s going to come out.”

Rondo says he’s not panicking, and he really shouldn’t be after just a few weeks. But this seems like an issue that will persist. The bottom line for the Celtics is winning enough to get a decent seed in the playoffs, and then hopefully letting their older players loose for more minutes. Their players are still highly skilled, they just can’t play enough. Oh, and imagine how many more games the Celtics would win if Rondo could actually hit a jump shot?

Kevin Garnett insults Comcast in hilarious rant about team chemistry (Video)

The Boston Celtics escaped with a win over the Washington Winners in yet another lackluster performance on Wednesday night, which has many wondering how long it will take this year’s edition of the Green Team to finally start firing on all cylinders. After bringing in a number of new faces like Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Jared Sullinger and losing a key veteran like Ray Allen, it’s no surprise it seems to be taking a bit of time.

Kevin Garnett was asked if chemistry was an issue for the Celtics following last night’s win, and he used an interesting analogy that wound up sounding like an insult toward Comcast — one of the Celtics’ biggest partners.

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Ray Allen ignored by Kevin Garnett as he greets Celtics (Video)

Ray Allen checked into his first game as a member of the Miami Heat with 2:45 left in the first quarter of the team’s season-opening game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Allen, who spent five season with the Celtics but had a bad breakup as he chose to sign with the rival team, tried to give a warm greeting to his former team. He gave handshakes to his former coaches, and even embraced head coach Doc Rivers for a hug. But when he tried to give a handshake and some love to Kevin Garnett, he was ignored.

Garnett deep down probably has love for his former teammate, but he is all business when he gets on the court. His refusal to acknowledge Allen is also no surprise given his comments about his former teammate last month.

Allen hit a three-pointer a minute after entering the game, and he heard “We love Ray” chants after going to the free throw line in the final minute of the quarter. He finished with 19 points in the Heat’s 120-107 win. He was 5-for-7 from the field including 2-of-3 on three-pointers, and 7-for-8 on free throws.

Allen didn’t seem to be hurt by Garnett giving him the cold shoulder.

“That’s just KG. He probably didn’t even see me coming because his head’s down the whole time on the bench,” Allen told TNT’s Craig Sager after the game.

“I love those guys. I played with them for five years — we won a championship together. I can’t say enough good things about them and about the city of Boston.”

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Kevin Garnett says he lost Ray Allen’s number when Allen signed with the Heat

Before July 6, Kevin Garnett had a seemingly close relationship with Ray Allen. Both veterans went to the Celtics in 2007 with a common goal in mind — to join Paul Pierce in capturing their first NBA championship. After accomplishing that goal, it felt like nothing could drive a wedge between the brotherhood the Boston Three Party had established. That was until Allen decided to sleep with the enemy.

Garnett kicked off the offseason by re-signing with the Celtics and all but guaranteeing he’ll end his career in green. When Allen left money on the table to sign with Boston’s biggest Eastern Conference rival, the defending champion Miami Heat, K.G. took it personally.

“I don’t have Ray’s number anymore,” Garnett said at the Celtics’ media day Friday when asked if he has kept in touch with Allen, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Those of you who wondered if K.G. took it personally when Allen left have your answer. Doc Rivers was open about the fact that he did not agree with Ray’s reasons for leaving, and apparently Garnett feels the same and then some. They say time heals all, but it’s safe to say Allen is persona non grata around the Celtics facilities for at least the foreseeable future.

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Spurs interested in Kevin Garnett?

Kevin Garnett is said to be considering retirement now that the Celtics’ season has ended and his contract has expired. If he decides to continue his career, he’ll have no shortage of suitors.

We’ve already heard that he might be interested in signing with the Lakers, and now we’re learning that the Spurs might also be interested.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

The Spurs will consider everything and everyone this summer when free agency begins. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name.

Kevin Garnett.

Not only is this notable because of the ways KG could improve the Spurs, but more importantly, because of the relationship between Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

According to a recent SI report, Duncan “hates” Garnett. The two are considered to be some of the best power forwards in the league’s history, but they’ve been rivals. Do you really think they could get along? Would Duncan even be comfortable having him around?

These issues might be moot if Garnett retires or re-signs with Boston, but they’re fun to consider. I can’t see it happening.

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