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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: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:24 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

He is the NBAs Hines Ward! LMAO.....WTF is the guy for fu ckin real, wow there are morons everywhere.  I dont even want to ask how you compared them, but please stop, it doesnt work.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:55 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

he is a great player, he is the NBA's Hines Ward. Love him or hate him he is great!

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:51 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Kevin Garnett is a ho mo and that is why he acts so tough, he is a flat out coward and would get BEAT DOWN if he tried that shit anywhere else accept on national TV.  Its like meeting someone in a public place, he knows nobody will break his face.  He is probally the biggest pu  ssy in the show.  BTW nice bandwagon ring too..........1st class chump fasho

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:47 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

THis guys job is to PLAY BASKETBALL.  He isnt a talk show host, comedian, or politician, he is a BASKETBALL PLAYER>  Yeah he may be viewed as a jerk ( I dont like him) but what does that have to do with anything?  There is too much of this huggy kissy before tip off, subscribe to my tweet dog and Ill hit you up on yours...gimme a break...this guys views the rest of the league as the enemy, and he should....they are trying to take money out of his pocket.....bottom line is he plays hard and wins.  I like having guys like this around...

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:43 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

I wish Garnett's buddy at Farragut, Ronnie Fields, never got in that car crash in the 90s.  That guy was LeBron before Lebron was Lebron.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:33 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

One thing I'll agree with is that he was the same guy in Minnesota and that social media has taken off the last few years, allowing people to fine tune and concentrate their criticisms on players they don't like. Garnett's always been a lunatic but now everyone's piling it on since he's playing for a high profile team. And it takes a recent cheap shot from the king of cheap shots himself-- Zen Master Phil Jackson, to grab a few popcorn headlines bashing KG. It's the fashionable thing to do nowadays, I guess.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:30 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

The Fry incident was not intentional. Fry was not even hit hard. The rest was Hollywooding. If that push had been on Fry's leg or anywhere else, it might not even had warranted a foul, much less any other commotion. 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. The fact that the Celtics were still trying to win that game at the time also leads me to think it wasn't intentional. To suspend someone for something incidental would be unfair and, frankly, unAmerican. We're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty over here. And I don't think the Players Association would stand for such a suspension either, and does the NBA really need another broohaha with the players' union?

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:27 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

I'm not a fan of Garnett. His chest thumping grandstanding style has always made him look like an immature idiot to me. But his over aggressiveness on the court is just the way the Celtics play- thug basketball (with my apologies to Ray Allen- truly a class act). I agree, though, it's really on the officials to make the calls and for the league office to back them up. I've hated for years the way the "star" players get the benefit of all the calls. This is just another example. A foul is a foul is a foul. They should all be called the same. The guys out there playing can take care of themselves, and there are ways within the flow of the game to retaliate when a player steps out of line. But the ref's should keep the game clean in the first place. And as for Garnett being a sweet guy off the court, just ask the ball boys who've asked him for an autograph what they think about his "sweet" personality.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:45 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

This turd of a "writer" Matt Moore quotes ONE Celtic fan and acts like he's speaking for everybody.  Guess what -- he's NOT speaking for me!!  I thank my lucky stars each night that KG wound up in Boston and I have had the privilege of watching this passionate man give his all night in and night out!!  Don't EVER change KG!!  The haters will always hate, but let 'em.  Nobody hates the scrubs.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:34 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Garnett is no different then several players in the league.   The difference is, he backs up his trash talk with HOF play.   Does his intensity rub people the wrong way ... sometimes.   Rodman did it .. and won championships.   Wilt Chamberlain was a jerk and won championships.   Ron Artest has done it his whole over-rated career .. same with Laker teammates Odom and Barnes.   Howard swings his elbows at will, noone seems to get all over him.  Amare is a wrecking machine at times ... no problem with that.   If there's a problem, the refs usually step in .. especially this day and age with the soft NBA.   McHale's clothesline of Curt Rambis is still one of the most replayed Celtic moments ... and probably one of the most violent ... yet they show that all the time come playoffs.  Why .. people LOVE THE INTENSITY.   I'm not advocating hurting someone ... but physical intense play is what is LACKING in the NBA.  Evern since the Euro-trash pansies came over it's been a watered down perimeter game.  The Celtics are one of the few throw-back teams that like to mix it up and get physical and KG is nothing short of a team leader.  If someone has a problem with that, it should be the other teams getting schooled night in and night out by KG and the Celtics.   

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