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Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Posted on: May 14, 2010 2:44 am
 
BOSTON – At the end of a playoff series he’d been very much a part of winning, Kevin Garnett was asked the obligatory question about what LeBron James’ next few weeks will be like. 

Garnett did better than answer it. He offered LeBron a piece of advice. 

“Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back,” Garnett said Thursday night after the Celtics eliminated the Cavs 94-85 with the help of his 22-point, 12-rebound performance straight out of 1998. “I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I’d have done it a little sooner.” 

Garnett, one of the original high-school-to-the-NBA stars, will turn 34 the day after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. Fifteen years in, he is chasing his second championship. The only thing loyalty got him was 12 years in Minnesota with one trip past the first round of the playoffs. 

“I don’t know what’s going through his mind,” Garnett said of LeBron. “He’s a different individual. I haven’t spoken to him or anything, but the world is his. Whatever he wants it to be, whatever decisions he makes are probably going to be best for him – not only him, but for him and his family. 

“He’s the face of basketball,” Garnett said. “I think his desire is definitely there. It’s going to be the talk of the summer because, you know, everyone’s going to be tuned in. It’s not just him, but D-Wade and Chris Bosh and all the other solid free agents available this summer. It’s going to be an interesting summer.” 

A summer that started early for LeBron, in large part because Garnett found his health and his youth and some puzzling defensive schemes perpetrated by the Cavs. After Garnett had caused major problems for Antawn Jamison in the first five games of the conference semifinals, Cavs coach Mike Brown’s counter move was starting the game with Shaquille O’Neal defending him – a matchup straight out of 1995, and one that should’ve stayed there. Garnett picked-and-popped Shaq right out of that defensive look, and nobody else had much luck with him, either. 

“It’s my 15th year, and I have seen almost everything that you can possibly do in a basketball game,” Garnett said. “My mentality throughout these whole playoffs has been attack, attack, to be the presence. So when they put Shaq on me, my thought process didn’t change. It didn’t change at all.” 

Something clicked for Garnett, and for the Celtics, once the playoffs started. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the series, and helped close it out Thursday night with a ferocious dunk that made it 88-74 with 5:53 left and a clutch hook shot off an inbounds play that wound up being the game’s last basket. 

“He’s healthier and happier, which makes all of us happier,” coach Doc Rivers said. “With health, I’m assuming that brings confidence.” 

And results, too.
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Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2010 11:04 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 10:48 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

>>>While I don't know where James will end up, I am pretty sure a bruised ego won't be the reason he leaves Cleveland.

LeBron guaranteed to win game 6 because, "They've got me."

If this guy had any cojones, he'd apologize to the city for failing them, and say, "I'm not leaving Cleveland until I bring a championship to this city. You've got me."

That's what heshould say, but that's not what he will say.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 10:35 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

What we do know is that if Lebron stays in Cleveland the memory of the boos will haunt him every time he plays at home. If he leaves, they'll boo him anyway but being booed as the opposition is much different then being booed as the greatest franchise player in history.Granted, Cleveland sports fans can be dimwits, but they are hardly alone. The Celtics were booed in game 5 and they seem to have gotten over it. I am pretty sure Philly and New York fans have done there fair share of booing as well. While I don't know where James will end up, I am pretty sure a bruised ego won't be the reason he leaves Cleveland.



Since: Jun 15, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 10:29 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Garnett didn't have a clear head when he said these comments, but he did clear one thing up: when you play for a city like Cleveland you are meant to be a joke.  It will be interesting to see how Oklahoma City responds when all the talk will go to Durant when his contract is up.  Garnett, (as some of these other said in their responses) never had as much talent around him as he did in Minnesota.  Cleveland had like the 3rd highest payroll in the league.  The owner is willing to spend. 

Everybody says LeBron doesn't have what it takes to win a championship, so why does New York want him so bad?  Oh yeah, I forgot the big stage, big market.  As long as he's in a Cavs uniform people will hate him.  If he goes to a city like New York his crap will smell like roses.


The NBA (and professional sports in general) is no different than the WWE.  It's entertainment! Ahhh! gotta love the drama



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2010 10:27 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Vaj?...wow bro...wow...yeah Florida's cool...with playas like DA SPONGE runnin' point corraling the vaj for Lebron, guess Lebron's giving up his rabbits fo shizzle!  Best Post I've read in a long time.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 10:11 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

MN was better than LA that year and would have won it all with a healthy Cassell.  KG was as responsible as McHale for the Wolves' failures.  He knew the contract would bind his team in its ability to pick up quality players to surround him, but didn't care.  He wanted the $$ more than wins.  KG is as selfish and dumb as they come.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 9:47 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

your an idiot how is lebrons cast way better than anything KG had? KG had cassel spreewell and a great team that was probably the second best in the league only to LA!




Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 9:38 am
 

Non-guarantee contracts in NBA

The NBA should have contracts like the NFL does in the sense that they are not guaranteed. If KG and the rest of the NBA is saying not to be loyal, then it should be a 2 way street. 
The only thing loyalty got KG was 12 years in Minnesota?!?!? I suppose he did not get to keep the $100 million+ that he was paid. Don't forget that. What an ingrate KG is and what a fool this writer is. 
Screw the NBA, it is a joke.



Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 9:04 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

loyalty works both ways. Fact is that Cleveland did everythinhg they could to get Lebron. They saw him as their saviour. But what happened in game 5 spoke volumes. They booed him on his home court. Obviously some of that was disappointment. They really thought this was the year. Some of it ws fear. There was that sinking feeling because Lebron was about to be a free agent. But in the end it was ingratitude. Lebronbrought respect back to Cleveland. He gave them seven years of scintillating basketball which included regular season championships as well as an Eastern  conference championship. And after all that they boo him on his home court before the series was over. Way to stand behind your saviour, Cleveland.
Well now, for the first time in his career, Lebron has the opportunity to be the master of his own destiny. He can choose where he wants to play. Cleveland has done all they could for him and he has done all he could for them. He should listen to K.G.. He almost stayed too long. Malone did stay too long. Had he moved when he still had game, he might have a ring, we'll never know. What we do know is that if Lebron stays in Cleveland the memory of the boos will haunt him every time he plays at home. If he leaves, they'll boo him anyway but being booed as the opposition is much different then being booed as the greatest franchise player in history. The Miami fans aren't booing Dwayne Wade, they're showing their appreciation.
Time for Lebron to do what's best for Lebron. Find a place where he wants to be. When you are where you're happy to be it gives you a mental boost. If he feels he can be happy in Cleveland, then by all means stay. But don't let loyalty cloud the issue. Cleveland didn't.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 8:40 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Loyalty in sports, Ha, no such thing anymore. Family, it's not about what's best for his family, they'll do alright no matter where he plays.
It's about Lebron, bright lights, big city, big ego. Ain't no loyalty no more 


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