Kevin Garnett Denies He Is a Dirty Player

After toiling in Minnesota for 12 largely unsuccessful season, Kevin Garnett became somewhat of a sympathetic figure. He made 10 All-Star games, won an MVP award, but lost in the first round of the playoffs seven years in a row. Finally Minnesota freed him with a trade to Boston where he teamed up with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. They went out and immediately put together the best record in the league and won a championship.

Once they started winning, people no longer felt badly for KG and they started to see him for what he was — one of the league’s biggest trash-talkers, dirty players, and the quintessential love him or hate him player.

Garnett is a polarizing figure. He plays hard, gives his all, and helps his team win, and fans of his team love him. But he also plays head games, uses questionable veteran tactics, and is not very sportsmanlike. For those reasons, opposing fans disgust him.

Regardless of how you feel about Garnett, you have to respect how hard he plays and how badly he wants to win. Because of all that, he says his team loves him and he’s not a dirty player.

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Spike Lee Was Cussed Out by Kevin Garnett at End of Celtics-Knicks Game

Fans can be ruthless sometimes, but they also help make sports as fun as they are. Superfans like Spike Lee are the best because once you achieve an identifiable level amongst opposing teams, you become a source of motivation. Just ask Reggie Miller, who had some of his best and most memorable games against the Knicks because of Spike.

Apparently Spike Lee still can motivate an opponent to this day. In an interview with ESPN, Spike was asked about his most memorable conversation with a player during a game. His answer, as I learned via BSO, is very fitting given recent history in the NBA:

“But this last time against Boston — you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s three? — Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I’m not holding you and I did not even say s— to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f— down.”

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Kevin Garnett Has New ‘Beat L.A.’ Sneakers (Pictures)

Kevin Garnett loves to talk trash.  Ask anyone in the league and they will tell you that’s K.G.’s game — especially Charlie Villanueva.  When the Celtics play the Lakers are Sunday, K.G. will undoubtedly be doing plenty of gum flapping.  This time, however, he’ll have a little help from his gear.  Check out his new “Beat L.A.” sneakers, as pointed out by The Basketball Jones:

The 152-120 you see on the tongue represents the all-time regular-season series record between the two teams.  Like the guys at The Basketball Jones pointed out, that will become obsolete after Sunday’s game between the two teams, so I doubt these shoes will be available to the public.  We’ll see if they give him an edge on Sunday, when he will most likely debut the new kicks.

Kevin Garnett: Charlie Villanueva Is a Nobody, Not Paying Attention to Him

If you thought the “clarification” of Kevin Garnett’s comments and Doc Rivers’ support would be the end of the cancer patient trash talk saga, you were wrong. Asked by a pot-stirring reporter about the situation following Boston’s overtime win over Chicago, KG kept his mouth motoring:

Charlie Villanueva may be a nobody on a nobody team, but it still doesn’t make what Garnett said alright. And if KG considers Villanueva a nobody, why was he wasting words and time on the man?

Honestly though, that reaction is indicative of Garnett’s mentality. KG is a successful player in large part because of his confidence. He talks himself up and prepares himself mentally with his words. Likewise, he talks his opponents down to give himself an edge. Garnett may be wrong, and he probably knows it, but he won’t admit it until he retires. You want to know why? Because he can’t go soft and lose that mental edge. Once he loses that, he’ll be completely done.

Kevin Garnett Backing Off Charlie Villanueva Cancer Comment Is Even Worse

Kevin Garnett’s desire to get inside Charlie Villanueva’s head with some trash talk Tuesday has backfired. Villanueva wrote on his twitter page that KG crossed the line calling him a cancer patient because CV doesn’t have hair. For anyone who knows Garnett’s history, the comment is not surprising. What is surprising is that KG denied the comment on Wednesday:

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment.”

When you’re in a sane frame of mind you would not be insensitive towards cancer patients, but when you’re in the heat of the moment and trying to win a game you sure as heck would. Who is buying Garnett’s backtracking? Why is he denying it? That just makes things worse because we know he’s lying. Nobody talks trash in complete sentences! Yeah, I’m sure he said “You are cancerous to your team and our league.” Now that phrase just rolls off the tongue. No contractions either. He should have just apologized and admitted he crossed the line. Then we could have respected him for saying he was wrong. Now he just comes across as having even worse judgment than we thought.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Duane Burleson

Charlie Villanueva Furious, Says Kevin Garnett Called Him a ‘Cancer Patient’

Of all the things Kevin Garnett has been known for over his 15-year NBA career, trash talking is one of the most notable.  It’s part of KG’s game.  He swears his head off and says anything he has to say in an attempt to throw opponents off their game.  It certainly worked against Washington’s Andray Blatche last season.  Heck, even Ray Allen has had to ask his teammate to cut back on the foul language during practice.

However, there’s always a line that can be crossed and KG may have crossed it Tuesday night when the Celtics played the Pistons.  Garnett called Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient during the game, according to Villanueva’s Twitter.  Villanueva has a medical condition called alopecia universalis, which results in hair loss and has caused him to have no hair on his head.  The Pistons’ forward first put out a Tweet that read “KG called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.”

The comment was clearly eating away at Villanueva, because he kept going with the Tweets.  “I wouldn’t even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those,” a second message read.

And finally, Villanueva came with the personal call out for KG.  “KG talks alot of crap, he’s prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him.”

I don’t know who would have the edge in the octagon or the boxing ring or whatever Villanueva is referring to, but I have to side with Charlie on this one.  Trash talk is trash talk, but that’s taking it a little too far.  KG should be controlling himself better than that and be more mindful of what’s classified as part of the game versus going too far.

T-Wolves Have Nothing to Show for Dealing Garnett

Don’t confuse this claim with one that would attempt to convince you that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be better off if they still had Kevin Garnett. What I would like to call to your attention is that after trading Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz for two future first-round picks, the T-Wolves have now rid themselves of every piece they received from the Celtics in return for Kevin Garnett in 2007, excluding draft selections. After getting what looked like a ton in exchange for The Big Ticket at the time, this can’t be what Kevin McHale and the Minnesota front office envisioned.

When you deal the greatest player in your franchise’s history — one who, at the time, was still at the peak of his game — you intend to get something out of the players you dealt him for. If the T-Wolves had known that Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, and journeyman Theo Ratliff would all turn out to be duds and trade bait, they would have looked elsewhere to make a deal. Had they envisioned Al Jefferson becoming expendable at the age of 25, they wouldn’t have wasted their time even speaking to the Celtics’ brass. Obviously, Minnesota received something in the form of draft picks and other players when they dealt all of the former Celtics, but at this point it doesn’t appear they’ve gotten their hands on anything promising.

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