Newest Celtic Jordan Crawford Says Kevin Garnett Most Bizarre Teammate Ever

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

Mar 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) reacts to a foul called against him during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston Celtics future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett is nothing like the typical NBA player.

Even without having the vaguest idea of the "typical" player's makeup, I can still make that statement with a good deal of confidence.

His fiery play has impressed and confused us all at times. We've marveled at his competitiveness, and still struggled to defend all of the ways he goes about his business.

He might not be on his way to an adult beverage endorsement deal as the most interesting player in the league, but according to new teammate Jordan Crawford, he's clearly one of its most "bizarre" (via Ben Rohrbach of

Crawford on KG scuffle during NBA lockout: "You say, 'What up?' after it's over." Called KG the most bizarre player he's every played with.

— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 7, 2013

If Crawford's mention of a scuffle seems right up Garnett's alley, you should probably think again. He wasn't referring to any mid-game melee. Well, not during an NBA game at least.

The tussle actually took place during one of the many pickup games that popped up on the NBA landscape during the league's lockout in 2011.

According to what one source told Michael Lee of The Washington Post, Crawford's trash talking grew too great for Garnett to let slide. The players shoved each other, were briefly separated, squared up again and then as Crawford turned to walk away, Garnett tapped him in the back of the head.

As this story implies, Crawford's not going to call Garnett bizarre just due to his constant chirping on the basketball court. In fact, Crawford says Garnett's intensity comes to life long before the actual game even tips off:

Crawford on KG (1/2): "The zone he gets in before the game, where he goes from breakfast on …

— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 7, 2013

Crawford on KG (2/2): "You don't talk to him, you know not to talk to him. You've gotta see it. It's amazing."

— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 7, 2013

Opposing players have long held the belief that the best way to deal with Garnett is to not deal with him at all.

Apparently, on game day the "Big Ticket's" teammates take the same approach.