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The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 11:51 am
 
League holds responsibility for setting guidelines on behavior as Garnett continues to ratchet up his behavior. 
Posted by Matt Moore




Kevin Garnett is a jerk.  At least, on the floor he is. He's known as a wonderful, sweet man off the floor. But on the court? Total jerk. Jerkface. Short-Euro-fighting, injured-on-the-bench-barking, junk-tapping, Bin-Laden-joking,  ejection-baiting jerk. And he's not at all sorry about it. Don't believe me? Ask CelticsBlog, made up of some of the most dedicated Celtics fans around:

The bottom line conclusion is that he comes across on the court as a really big jerk.  Theres just no way around that.  But that doesnt mean I will stop rooting for him.  It just means that I sometimes have to take him with a large grain of salt.  I dont like or always support everything he does, but I admit I give him more leash than I would if he was on any other team. 
I find myself thinking about my new son.  When he grows up and Lord willing starts to play basketball, KG will long since have retired.  But if he was old enough to play now, would I point to KG and tell him to model himself after him?  Absolutely not.  Rather, I would use him as an example of what it looks like when you allow yourself to be controlled too much by your emotion.  The same passion and competitiveness that drive him are what send him over the top.   It seems like he almost cant control himself after a certain point.  And thats scary. 
So what gives?  Why is he like this?  By all accounts hes a very sweet, funny, caring, and of course loyal guy to those hes close to off the court.  His teammates love him and hes very charismatic when he wants to be.  His story has been told what hes allowed people to see at least and I seem to remember there being someone that betrayed him early on, so now he doesnt trust other people and stays very private.  He also was greatly impacted by losing former teammate Malik Sealy.  I get that, but we all have losses in our lives.   Weve all been hurt or wronged in the past and Im not judging anyone on how they cope.  But just the same, we own our actions and how we react to those hurts and wrongs is on us.  Same goes for Kevin.
via Kevin Garnett Is a Jerk, But Hes Our Jerk - CelticsBlog.

The author, Jeff Clark, goes on to discuss how he'll continue to support Garnett because he's a fan.  And he should! And Garnett will likely continue acting the way he has. And he should! He's gotten away with it. If you can get into your opponent's head, fire yourself up, put more attention on yourself and vent your "intensity" or whatever, why not? 

That's the real issue in this situation. Garnett keeps doing what he does because the league almost never reacts to it out of some weird preferential treatment of Garnett. It's not because he's a superstar. It doesn't help Dwight Howard or Amar'e Stoudemire out of the messes they make. And it's not a matter of it being Boston (though their involvement in the Lakers-Celtics matchup probably steered the league away from suspending Garnett for hitting Channing Fry in the junk).  Plenty of big-market stars get tabbed with suspensions for their behavior. Instead, the league seems to at once feel bad for Garnett having been wasted in Minnesota for so long, and seek to hold him up as some sort of over-dramatic ideal. As we've talked about before, instead of Garnett abandoning Minnesota, it's seen as him escaping an unfair situation that held him down for too long. Even Minnesota fans continue to support Garnett, not just in this issue, but in his behavior, saying how you have to "get him." 

A lot of people feel like the new criticism of Garnett is unfair, that no one had a problem with it when he was in Minnesota, and it's only now that he's on a winning team that people like to throw stones. And maybe that's true. Or maybe it's because the internet wasn't the vast teeming system of displaced criticism it is now, and that having YouTube and message boards and blogs and League Pass Broadband means we see Garnett up close and personal a lot more, and some don't like what they see. He wants to hit himself or smash his head into a stanchion? Go ahead. But undercutting players, tapping them in the junk, and touching officials is stuff that falls far beyond what Dwight Howard and Stephen Jackson are routinely getting assessed fines and technicals for. 

Garnett won't apologize. Nor should he. How is he to know he's done anything wrong if the league continues to act as if he's done right?  As long as the league continues to allow Garnett to act however he wants without consequences for any subsequent games or even a fine, he should continue to press the limits. That's just getting the edge on your opponent, by any means available.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:46 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Agree completely and I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw it that way.  KG hardly touched him, if he touched him at all, and didn't do it on purpose -- then Frye flopped to the floor and popped up screaming. It was 100% acting, and he knew he could get away with it because KG's got a reputation.

A better example of who KG is came against the Bucks earlier this season. Celtics were losing with about 4 mins to play in the 4th quarter and KG was having a tough time with Ilyasova, who was having one of his better nights.  But KG fought his way to an offensive rebound and got it up and in off the glass against Bogut, who racked him pretty hard with an arm. As they were separating KG retaliated and was able to knock Bogut not once -- but twice in the head.  The first one Bogut was willing to let go (he hit KG pretty hard and he knows dam well the refs are watching him too) but the second one got his attention.  Did Bogut flail around and throw a fit?  No -- he just turned around shoved a fist into KG's chest and said "what the %$% are you doing?"

They got double T's -- which the Bucks thought was unfair.  But that was the end of that. There was no whining, no on-court woofing or posturing, no great debate in the press. Bogut and Garnett play rough and they don't even bother to try and intimidate each other - they just play. That some of these other teams think KG's intimidating says more about those teams than it does about KG.



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:42 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Agree completely and I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw it that way.  KG hardly touched him, if he touched him at all, and didn't do it on purpose -- then Frye flopped to the floor and popped up screaming. It was 100% acting, and he knew he could get away with it because KG's got a reputation.

A better example of who KG is came against the Bucks earlier this season. Celtics were losing with about 4 mins to play in the 4th quarter and KG was having a tough time with Ilyasova, who was having one of his better nights.  But KG fought his way to an offensive rebound and got it up and in off the glass against Bogut, who racked him pretty hard with an arm. As they were separating KG retaliated and was able to knock Bogut not once -- but twice in the head.  The first one Bogut was willing to let go (he hit KG pretty hard and he knows dam well the refs are watching him too) but the second one got his attention.  Did Bogut flail around and throw a fit?  No -- he just turned around shoved a fist into KG's chest and said "what the %$% are you doing?"

They got double T's -- which the Bucks thought was unfair.  But that was the end of that. There was no whining, no on-court woofing or posturing, no great debate in the press. Bogut and Garnett play rough and they don't even bother to try and intimidate each other - they just play. That some of these other teams think KG's intimidating says more about those teams than it does about KG.



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:28 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

the guy is a piece of garbage. Lucky for him he was born to become 6'10, or else he would be on welfare somewhere. Ever hear him talk in interviews??..Sounds like a stupid piece of garbage. Which he is, but he's 6 foot 10 inches, so people idolize him. Fact is, he is a soft human being..who acts tough on court because he knows none of the other nba guys can whoop his ass because they would get in trouble. I guarantee all the guys he talks shit to would kick his ass in a fight. He's a tall, lanky dude. He would get worked by stronger, tougher guys, trust me.



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:26 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

You + KG = Clowns .....thx for clearing up what a "bandwagon ring", esp when ur a celtics fan of course you love KGs balls in ur mouth




Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:17 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

  KG is a big jerk on the court because he wants people to think he is tough. The fact of the matter is is that he is one of the softest big men to ever play the game. It was fitting that he hit Channing Frye in the junk because he is another soft post and what better person to bully than someone soft like yourself. Do you think he would do that to Shaq, Dwight Howard, Amare or someone like Karl Malone back in the day? No. They would pound the crap out of him suspension or not (especially Malone).
  Garnett uses the controlled environment of the court to his advantage. He knows noone is going to swing on him so he makes his faces and flexes his 200 pound frame( listed at 250, thats a laugh) at others knowing the environment is controlled. If he did that in a pick up game outside, even against someone like AI, AI would drop him. Thus the nice guy off the court because that my friends is not controlled.  



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:03 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

"Tough guys" don't flop like KG does. He's getting better at it in his old age. How many did he have last night in Charlotte, two, three?



Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:46 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

This post is useless. Kevin Garnett is a good to above average player. He is getting older now and needs to make up for it by getting in peoples heads. That Channing Fry hit to the junk was a BS call. The guy flopped to the ground in agony and pain then when the foul was called immediately got up and into Garnetts face. Thats also a punk move if you ask me. Garnett is a spiritual and inspirational leader for the Celtics. Is he a jerk on the court yes , but not what this guy makes him out to be.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:31 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Who Cares? I think the NBA should loosen up and let the players talk a little trash you compete harder against people you don't like. To beat Micheal Jordan you had to not like him because on the court he hated you, you were the enemy. MJ talked more trash than anyone. Now when a player falls down you see members from other team helping him up, its almost a joke. After a loss players are smiling and chatting after the game.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:17 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

To summarize your continuous stupid ad hominem postings, you have no evidence. You are only speculating. You want to suspend a player, withhold pay and fine him on nothing but speculation
You really are a child, aren't you.  Because children guess instead of listening (or reading in this case).  I have never said Garnett should have been suspended, fined, or have his pay withheld.  I said he's dirty and the Frye thing was intentional.  Then you went off with your hilarious truth, justice and the American way rant.  If you'd gone on any longer I'm sure you'd have concluded anyone who disagrees with you is communist.  Silly, silly fella. 

What I'd prefer to see is him get embarrased by one of the guys he cheap shots a la Jim Everet-Jim Rome.  The clown could use a serious dose of humility and it would be best served by another player treating him in the manner he does everyone else.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:02 am
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

I am not a Celtic fan, never has been and never will be and if someone in my family is one or become one I will make sure they are disinherited.

Since when has playing hard, getting under another’s skin or in the opposing players head make this player a jerk? This has been going on for years in about any sport played. Boxers do it, there are hard checks in hockey. Baseball pitchers pitch high and inside to let a batter know that a certain portion of the plate belong to them.

Some players get reputations for being tough and thus are considered dirty players or thugs. Playing professional sports is a big boys game. As my grand mother was famous for saying “If you can not stand the heat don’t go into the kitchen.

If you want to stop this player from getting in your head or trying to intimidate you, then do what Charles Barkley advocate on TNT when this player come down the middle be waiting and knock the hell out of him. He will get the message and eventually wise up or retaliate.

I see nothing wrong with Kevin Garnet’s style of play. In the olden days his play would simply be considered playing hard. Now the players are becoming soft and every time they are touched they think a whistle should be blown and a foul called.

This is the future so be prepared the old timers are saying what the hell? And are saying where are the Pistons of old and Kevin McHale that threw a forearm on Kurt Rambis that made the WWF proud.  
   

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