Monday, May 19, 2008
I'm sure that I'm not the only one that is sick and tired of seeing those Gatorade Kevin Garnett commercials. You know which one that I'm talking about, the one where he's sweating green liquid somehow and there is classical music in the background. He's all intense and whatnot. It's pretty much just a tribute to how intense of a competitor KG is. And they're right, he is possessed on the court. He plays hard every game. But you know what, he's a great big phony. For all the emotion that he shows, it's all a fraud. He isn't a great teammate. He isn't a leader. He isn't a golden boy. And we all know that he's a loser on the court. He's an asshole and I'm going to tell you all why today on the morning of the Eastern Conference Finals where we'll see nothing but chest-pounding and posturing for the next week and a half before the Celtics get beaten.
This week's Middle Finger goes to Kevin Garnett.
I did some research! Yes, I am proud of myself for actually digging up some dirt. Let's start with one of his discretions from his youth. It isn't really fair because we all do stupid things when we are young and most of us change and become better people (Maurice Clarett is an exception). But, he once signed a 126 million dollar contract so fuck him. He's fair game. When KG was in grade school, he and some friends we're arrested for assaulting a white kid. And before someone defends this and makes excuses, he enrolled in some sort of an anger management program and moved to Chicago to get away from the drama. I'm calling this as a fact, that it did happen. What a good guy, starting a race war in school. Tremendous character and integrity!
But, let's move on KG's more mature years...after he entered the league and established himself as a superstar. It's no secret that he and Wally Szczerbiak, who at the time we're the two best players in Minnesota, did not get along at all. KG used to verbally berate Wally on the court during games. You know, what leaders usually do. Anyway, after a practice one day, Wally was in the training room getting some treatments when KG ran in and sucker-punched him in the jaw while Wally was on the trainer's table. Again, this is part of the Webster's definition of "leader".
And that's not all from his T-Wolves days. The year after he won the MVP trophy, KG was playing a pick-up game with some teammates when this happened.
Rick Rickert, a second round draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was apparently outplaying the team's mighty league MVP in a pickup game. The rookie's glory didn't last however, because Kevin Garnett unexpectedly landed a fist to the new guy's grill. Rick needed stitches to close a cut on his chin and had a chipped tooth. Nothing to joke about.
So, basically what this shows me, is that Kevin Garnett doesn't appreciate it when a rookie is busting his ass to make the team. Oh no, you make the MVP mad, and you're getting knocked out. That's one hell of a teammate right there. This also adds fuel to the fire to GM Glenn Taylor's claim that KG tanked it on purpose during his last season in Minnesota to help force a trade. Or as I like to call it, The Vince Carter. It all makes a bit more sense now and makes that claim much more plausible. When things don't go his way, he either pouts or wants to fight. If he looks bad, he's going to make the others around him look terrible. But the funny thing about those trade demands was that he only wanted to be traded to a handful of teams. He didn't mind shitting on all of Minnesota to try and get out, but he wanted to be selective as well??? Huh, I guess that beggars can be choosers.
But then he came to Boston. They started winning again. You heard all that pompous shit from Boston-area writers about how great of a guy he is and how hard he plays and how refreshing it is to see a Celtic play with that kind of intensity. Give me a fucking break. He's still the same shithead. But he's a front-running shithead now. Sure, everything is going well this year. NOW, he's a good teammate. But he'll do his normal. He'll get Doc Rivers fired. He'll slug Brian Scalabrine in a practice. Because he hasn't grown up at all. He's still the 7 foot baby that he's always been.
My last point regarding this might be the most public of his classiest moments. During game 4 of the Cavs Series, TNT aired a clip of him (I'm guessing unintentionally) looking up into the stands at The Q and calling the fans "fucking faggots". Not only is he a good guy, he's also politically correct, too! And I hope that he got his bigotry out of his system because if does the same thing in Detroit, he's liable to get shot. Hell, he's liable to get shot there anyway.
I'm trying not to make this sound like sour grapes since he helped oust my Cavs from the playoffs. I'm really trying to just convey the message that Kevin Garnett is not the media darling that ESPN and TNT and whoever else wants you to believe. He's a great player, there is no doubt about that. But he's got baggage that has been swept under the rug and I'm not sure why. If Stephon Marbury was punching two of his teammates, what would the media say about that? They'd have a freaking field day. Yet KG gets a free pass because he's "such an intense competitor". I mean, come on, he actually said that he would accept one of Bill Russell's championships if he never wins one of his own. Is that what superstar's are supposed to do? He's going to accept some guy's ring as his own? Well, I hope Russell, was serious because KG is never winning a title. He's Ken Griffey, Jr. He's Dan Marino. He's some hockey player that played a long time but never won anything. He's all talk and not enough substance.
Kevin Garnett is an asshole with a track record of alienating his teammates and his front office. Sure, it's all roses now in Boston. But he will show his true colors soon enough. You can count on it. Dickheads can only act like good people for so long (I have the same problem). So enjoy your Middle Finger, KG, I've instructed Rasheed to stick it down your throat tonight and for the rest of the series.