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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

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:59 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Stupid f'n article. Dont look to the NBA for role models first of all. Stupid Celtics fan wrote "Do I want my son to be like KG.." Lame, find real role models, real decent people perhaps start as a parent and yourself. Not some douchebag athlete in America. Perhaps a policeman, or firefighter, or soldier, or doctor, or scientist, or teacher, or counselor, or social worker not some scumbag overpaid athlete. THAT IS THE PROBLEM with sports today. Thank you very much but you dont have to tell me who to look up to I know what I am doing.

Be like Tiger Woods...
Be like Charles Barkley....
Be like Ben Roethlisberger...
Be like Mike Mick...
Be like Ray Lewis...
Be like Lebron James...(although no legal troubles is a complete douche)
Be like Jamarcus Russell

No thank you stop tellin my kid who to be like for your sponsorship.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:58 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

The league will act when the media and the fans demand them to act. Thus it is not the league's fault because you let them get away with it. Your loigic seems to point that finger (not saying which one) right back at you.
This logic train seems totally broken.  It seems like you're telling Moore to demand better from the NBA because that's what will lead to them changing.  Yet, that seems to be what this article is doing.  So, he's doing what you say he should but you're upset with that?  Nice work.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:54 pm

Criminals are not at fault - it is the cops!

Wow Matt - needed something to provoke controversy? The league is at fault for letting him get away with it? How about the fans are at fault for not demanding thye league stop his thuggish behavior. Now don't get me wrong. I could care less about most of the trash talk (obviously with Charlie Villanueva even that was over the top). But the sticking his foot  under a jump shooter in an attempt to get an ankle sprain on his opponent is not basketball and unacceptable. The fist into a shooter's groin when he is unprotected in shooting? That is not right. League or no league that behavior deserves condemnation from fans and writers alike. The league will act when the media and the fans demand them to act. Thus it is not the league's fault because you let them get away with it. Your loigic seems to point that finger (not saying which one) right back at you. Or is that the point of the essay? Nice work.

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:39 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Um....FYI to the writer and everyone else that thinks KG is not a jerk OFF THE COURT - he is a TOTAL JERK off the court.  Do not be fooled.  He will snub you if you ask for an autograph or tell you to go F yourself in so many words.

His game is awesome.  Its too bad he is such a douche...before, i used to root for him and the TWolves...and i was glad he finally got a ring.  Now, i want to see him retire or wreck both of his knee's ala Livingston and not have to hear about this 1st class doucher anymore.

The reason he was not looked like this in Minn...was bc he was a pure student of the game.  He respected the NBA's past (and still does).  I know for a fact he was a jerk back then too. 

Keep cheering...keep jeering, but he IS a jerk off the court as well, and this IS well known...

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:01 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Kevin Garnett Is No Jerk  , But Matt Moore Is a Hack and a Jerk  .. Try and Write a real  article for once you Loser !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:00 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

The only aspects of KG's game that need changing are his mouth and his mouth. His game speaks for itself, he doesn't need to take unnecessary Ts. Even with his mouth shooting off, he's a major asset; without it, he'd be that much more valuable. I guess the wuss aspect of his game where he throws an elbow and then raises his arms up with that confused innocent look could go, but it seems to be working so why change it.  I would imagine 9.5 out of 10 people would love to have KG on their team. I'm a Raptor fan and know I'd love to have him, heck, I'd take KG's sister at this point.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:51 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

If it had been intentional and planned for the groin, then Garnett should have been suspended, but there is no evidence of either of those things.
A "lack of evidence" is a lot different than it being unintentional.  He was slick - he avoided suspension because he did the "Wha?  Who?  Me?" act.  Talking about "hollywooding." 

But that's the deal with that shot - you either believe it was intentional or you don't.  Personally, given Garnett's arrogance and attitude, and the way the game was going, I think it was on purpose.  But props to his acting coach.

To suspend someone for something incidental would be unfair and, frankly, unAmerican. We're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty over here.
Hyperbole much?  I'm sure a suspension would have resulted in the fall of western civilization as we know it.  Or, not so much.  And this isn't a courtroom, its a sports website - innocent until proven guilty is not the standard.  And what would have served as proof?  And admission by Garnett?  Because THAT's gonna happen.  Riiight. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:47 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

99% of NBA players are jerks. At least Garnett is intense, cares about winning and gives 100%. I respect his game. If other players are baited by him, it just shows what he does works and how dumb and unfocused they are. I'll take KG on my team anyday.

I've hated for years the way the "star" players get the benefit of all the calls.

It's like that in all sports. Jeter, Pujols, Manning, Brady, Kobe, James, Crosby and Ovechkin get the calls. The leagues want it that way. Most refs don't have the ethics, not character to call it down-the-middle.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:40 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

BTW nice bandwagon ring too
Sam Cassell got a bandwagon ring on that team.  Garnett was a major key to the championship.  A "bandwagon ring" is when some 40 year old gloms onto a successful team and plays 3 minutes a game just to have a chance to be carried by the other players to a ring.  Garnett was _traded_ to Boston, and then had an All-Star season when they won the title.  Your blanket criticism there just makes you look like a  clown.

I, a Celtics fan, do not always approve of Garnett's antics.  I wish he'd just stop talking sometimes, or say 5 consecutive words once in a while without 3 of them beginning with F or SH.  And his act of angrily swatting the ball away from the rim after plays are dead is childish, and he should probably receive even more T's for an assortment of grabbing and elbows and chopping opponents' hands away.  But if without that nonsense, he became Andrea Bargnani, no deal.  Garnett is a Hall of Famer specifically _because_ he plays like a adrenaline-fueled maniac on defense 40 minutes a night.   

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:28 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

kevin garnett a jerk?  someone tell him to give his opponent a really big hug before the next game....

then dumbing down of our society continues....

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