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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: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:59 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Let's set the record straight. As a t-wolves fan, trust me when I say he has always been a punk. Dude never stopped swearing and always had to used the big m-f. Somehow thinks it's cool I guess. Just shut up and play ball Kevin.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:42 am

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

you're all wastes of life. drop dead all of you. thanks for your time.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:40 am

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

must not be a hockey fan then eh, boltz? typical so. cal douchebag.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:59 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

Garnett is a piece of crap. The NBA has a reputation/perception problem and it all starts with garbage like this that fans don't want to see. The image is a bunch of over-indulged, spoiled, high priced, prima dona athletes...and what does this type of behavior do to change that image. The NBA is sinking in popularity because people are tired of idiots like this and tired of David Stern not only not doing anything about it, but fostering it. Stars get star treatment on and off the court and everyone watches and is disgusted by their behavior and the leagues tolerance/indulgance. Sports fans want to like the NBA (hell what else is there to do after football is over for several months) but the NBA is painful to watch because it's hard to find anyone (person or team) you like...big problem.
What to do? Crack down player misconduct (on court and off court) like the NFL does, if the players don't want to change their behavior they can find new employement, good luck with that...   

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:59 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett


Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:57 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

 Hey slick do you know Garnett personally? If ya do great but if not grow up son. I actually played against him in High School. To tell ya the truth I like him but I was just making a comment! Go play out in traffic ya douche!! It's people like you that make sports crap!!! Have a nice day Sally!

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:36 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

first, i am a magic fan. but it is amazing how dwight will turn and flex and gets t'd up. he will not even look at the refs at time s and sa y a cuss word and get a t. a friend and i were just talk about this very subject a few days ago. its a bunch of b.s. and they need to make rules standard to everybody. i know dwight wines alot buteverytime he shows emotion its a technical. just not right in my opinion.

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:24 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

KG has always been like this. His actions are more in the spotlight now because Boston is a bigger market than Minnesota. I grew up watching Garnett in Minnesota and I've always thought of him as an extremely emotional player who was at the same time one of the biggest trash talkers around. Yes, KG is a bit of a jerk on the court, but he sure as hell isn't the only one. He just seems like more of a trash talker because he is more animated with his talk than other players.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:07 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

I wouldn't expect anything less from a Laker fan. Gasol doesn't have the passion and never will. He does have talent but is playing on a non-team oriented club. Bust on Garnett all you want, when he's in the hall as he will be for his accomplishments you'll be picking on someother player that talks trash and doesn't play for the fakers. BTW Artest has anger not passion. His game is for the playground only where you can foul and fight. Derek Fisher's as dirty as they come. Next time you want to compare players try to remember the punks that have played for LA. 

As for the Frye incident, KG barely touched him. Frye went down like he was kicked in the nuts and sprung up like 2 seconds later. If he been hit like he was acting he'd be down, rolling around on the floor. Bad acting doesn't get you a suspension or a fine. I'm a Celtics fan and I don't always agree with KG's actions but he isn't the only player in the league playing with attitude. The ref's have created all of this. They have handed out way too many quick tech's and not clamped down when they need to. Personally I say let em play. If they foul, call it. If the get a tech it needs to be for something off the wall, not arguing a call or asking for clarification. It's ridiculus how many double Tech's are called at the beginning of a game because the players are mixing it up a little. If they're swinging call it, if they're talking let it go, it's part of the game.

Hatin is for losers, save it for something more important than pro-basketball

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:04 pm

The league shifts a blind eye to Garnett

hey , pretty big talk for a little pimple-faced momma's boy pussy hidden behind a computer screen.  

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