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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: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:40 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

 If it had been intentional, the guy would be on the floor for minutes, not half a second.
And now "intentional" is defined as "harder", or "more accurately".  A cup-check doesn't have to be the equivalent of a sledgehammer to the junk.  A simple ball-tap will hurt, and Garnett knows it as well as any other man. 



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:38 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

he's you're big JERK boston fans....a big joking JERK !!!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:37 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

As for hyperbole, the American justice system is predicated on "innocent until proven guilty,"
And since this has nothing to do with the courtroom, its entirely irrelevant.  Nice way to make a mountain of a molehill though.  Except its funny and everyone just sees through it.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:35 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Then a player like Howard gets micro managed- pounded around, fouls not called til he retaliates then he is T'ed up in an instant. They also punish him for being strong and players flying off him and punish him for not flopping.
It's the plight of the true big man.  Been that way forever.  Guys like Artis Gilmore and Shaq took even more pounding than Howard does.  I don't see it changing any time soon.



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:11 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

KG was a jerk in Minnesota too. He wanted a winner but never heard him willing to give up his over-priced salary(especially for a jump shooting, doesn't want the ball late in the game, small forward) to help bring guys in. He couldn't convince Gugliotta or Marbury to stick around. The fans of Minnesota were getting sick of reading his lips and acting like a tough guy when in reality he's one of the softest players in NBA history.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:06 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Everybody except Celtic fans know the guy is a jerk.  And even some Celtic fans know it.  Somebody should give him a taste of his own medicine. 



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:36 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

There is a difference between being physical and intense, and being a jerk. Being physical and intense is playing by the rules and being respected by fans and players. I can give more examples but i think we know what im talking bout. Now being a jerk such as Garnett, is too play after the whistle, give cheap elbows down low, try's to undercut people going for dunks or rebounds, runs his mouth like he's the best player on the planet, grabs shots that are after the whistle like what kind of douche bag does that? Ohh thats right Garnett i could keep going but i think that those examples are clear evidence that he is a JERK. If you disagree then obviously you don't watch basketball. He has been like that pretty much his whole career. You cant tell me that Garnett is just completely not a jerk cause if you do then that probably makes you a jerk hahah



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:34 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

I said it before and I'll say it again. If it had been intentional, the guy would be on the floor for minutes, not half a second. Ever get hit in the balls before? It doesn't take much effort to cause a lot of pain. That there was very little pain means there was hardly any effort made. As for hyperbole, the American justice system is predicated on "innocent until proven guilty," which, as you see from that second sentence is clearly what I meant. What you did with that expression in your response, however, was hyperbole.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:16 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Not just a blind eye to Garnet. They turn a blind eye to Kobe and others too. They T up some kid for any type of disrespect yet some players have free reign to question, mope and whine. It is not right.

Then a player like Howard gets micro managed- pounded around, fouls not called til he retaliates then he is T'ed up in an instant. They also punish him for being strong and players flying off him and punish him for not flopping.

Officials need to sit down and watch the tape and find consistency for all.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:13 pm
 

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Yeah, KG is a jerk. We all know that. The guy hits people in the balls when they are shooting, I've never seen something like that in my entire life. Not only is he a jerk, he is a little bit of a bitch as well. When another player gets in his face and gets dirty with him he starts looking to the refs for help. He likes to be dirty but can't handle his own medicine. Anyone in any sport that tries to intentionally injure other players should be suspended, at least fined. This guy is not a role model but, how many players are role models? I think one of the problems with our country is that we allow kids to look up to athletes when they sometimes are the worst people to look up to. We need to make kids look up to their parents, or the president or a good humanitarian.


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