I love watching Kevin Garnett play basketball. He’s been my favorite player since Michael Jordan retired for good (we think) in 2003. When I lived in Minneapolis I made it a point to watch every Wolves game I could, and when the Kid came to Boston and helped the Cs take home a title, I couldn’t have been happier.But, you knew there was a ‘but’ coming right?, but I hate the fake tough guy act. Garnett is one of the worst face-down intimidators, you’ll ever see in basketball. He acts crazy. He gets in guys’ faces and bumps noses and throws elbows in crowds, but he’s never been a fighter. Which is fine. This isn’t the UFC, it’s the NBA. But when you cost yourself a chance to help your team win at home in the only playoff series you’re going to start with home court advantage, AND we know you weren’t really going to be a tough guy, that’s inexcusable.
It’s one thing if you’re pulling a McHale and turning the the tone of a series around, or even if you’re a Knick or Heat player rushing to the aid of your embattled team while they actually go after each other. But to be an inciter of conflict and then to disappear as actual tough guys Haslem and Richardson come after you all to the detriment of your team… what’s the point? You wind up looking like the coward instead of instilling fear in the opposition, and you throw away the chance to help win game 2.
If I wasn’t a Garnett fan and a Celtics fan, I would be rooting for the Miami upset now just because of how boneheaded Big Ticket’s posturing really is and always has been.