Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been in the NBA for a long time, and he has definitely gained a reputation for ruffling some feathers. Point in case: two weeks ago, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, Kevin Garnett hit Channing Frye in the groin area as Frye was in the air shooting a three.
It wasn't even so much the nut punch that got Frye's goat as it was Garnett slipping his foot under Frye while he was in the air shooting. KG pulled that play right out of the Bruce Bowen Book of Dirty Tricks and used it twice on Channing.
Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, apparently, has also taken harshly to the dirty play. Gentry has said, as a consequence of the foul, that he has lost all respect for Kevin Garnett.
In addition to Gentry, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and even movie director Spike Lee have recently had harsh words for Garnett's on-court behavior. Doc Rivers, the Boston Celtics head coach, responded to these latest statements concerning his star forward according to this report with the following statement:
"That means he's on their minds, and that's fine by me...I think all of these people who call him out would take him on their team right now."
Rivers even threw a cheap shot of his own towards Gentry, saying, "I'll just let Alvin talk. He seems to do that well. It's the fact that our team is pretty good."
Boom! Shots Fired!!
I'm no expert, but I do not think that Gentry wants Kevin Garnett on his team at this point. Same with Phil Jackson.
What team would want an aging star with an ego and a history of cheap shots? Sorry Doc, but neither the Suns nor the Lakers are going to be making a move for Garnett before the upcoming trade deadline out of jealousy. Their comments are purely about sportsmanship and about your player's dirty on-court actions.
And now a brief multi-media tour through some of Garnett's antics:
And of course this one that started this Gentry-Rivers war of words.