Weirdest Kevin Garnett Moments of All-Time
Since entering the league as a 19-year-old in 1995, Garnett has had one of the greatest careers in the history of basketball. He's also been one of most interesting players to watch. He is seemingly hated by nearly every opponent he's ever faced and beloved by every teammate.
Garnett is also responsible for some profoundly strange moments. Over the past 18 years he's been an enigma. There was the blending of size and skill that had never truly been seen before. That was only rivaled by an intensity that would be both admired and feared.
Sometimes, we just laughed. We laughed because we honestly had no idea what else we were supposed to do.
Some of these moments are simultaneously despicable and hilarious, and they could be made by no other athlete on the planet.
Here's to those moments.
The Bar Fight
A recent moment has perhaps become the one that Kevin Garnett is most well known for.
Garnett posted 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocks and three steals. It was his big defensive presence against Dwight Howard that helped the Boston Celtics overcome a 27-point deficit.
This is just one of numerous times Garnett has let loose in an interview. After this game, though, he was really unable to contain himself. He also raised some interesting questions.
Has Craig Sager ever been in a bar fight? What was he wearing (stay tuned) during that fight? When was Charles Barkley in a bar fight? Can Doc Rivers not tell a lie? Will Ray Allen show this video at his son's wedding?
Oh, and finally: Does Boo Boo really wait to go to bed until her dad tells her on national television?
The Honey Nut Cheerios Rumor
I want to stress right of the bat, that all of the talk that took place about what Kevin Garnett said to Carmelo Anthony to set him off, is purely rumor. Nothing has been proven, nor has either player admitted to what was said.
The rumor that blew up across the internet was that Garnett had told Anthony that his wife tasted like a popular breakfast cereal. Bleacher Report's own Jesse Dorsey created an interesting timeline of the Garnett-Anthony feud.
Whether that was what was said or not, it is pretty clear Garnett crossed a line with Anthony. Thanks to Anthony's stature in the league, this is one of Garnett's higher-profile scuffles. It seems no one is safe from the Garnett trash talk, but when things reportedly get this bad, it gets to be a bit despicable.
Fans love to see the fire and fight in their favorite players, but that doesn't mean things can't be civilized.
On the bright side, it appears the two have reconciled since, or at least have found common ground in making fun of Craig Sager.
Burn It, Craig
Craig Sager is a supporting player for numerous Kevin Garnett moments, but this time he took center stage.
This moment is one of the colorful variety for Garnett. He completely dismantles Sager's outfit, which—to be honest—needed dismantling. KG's "Burn it," rant is up there with the "Bar Fight!" interview in terms of memorable moments for the big man.
Unfortunately, the tearing into Sager's fashion did little good. This event occurred back in 2009, but Sager has continued wearing wacky colored suits through the 2012-13 season. He has quite an extensive wardrobe, as Garnett notes that he never wears the same outfit twice.
This has added meaning these days, with Russell Westbrook, Amar'e Stoudemire and even teammate Rajon Rondo making wild fashion choices. While Garnett isn't exactly a slob when it comes to fashion, he tends to tone it down a bit with the color schemes. He's also making a statement to all the young guys in the league who look ridiculous at press conferences.
Garnett has said before that he wouldn't be up for joining any NBA broadcast teams after retirement. Maybe Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne will move over and make some room for him on the Fashion Police.
Weep Like a Big Baby
When looking over odd moments in NBA history, you wont get much weirder than the time Kevin Garnett yelled Glen Davis to tears.
During a game on December 5, 2008, the Boston Celtics were beating the Portland Trail Blazers badly through three quarters. It wasn't long until Garnett and the other Celtics stars were on the sidelines resting to close things out. Then Portland went on a long run in the fourth quarter and Garnett had to re-enter the game.
During a timeout, Davis, known as "Big Baby," was trying to hide on the outskirts of a huddle. Garnett grabbed him and dragged him inside, presumably to scold him for poor play.
Davis didn't last long in the face of Garnett's wrath, quickly finding a seat at the end of the bench. There, Davis did what we all would do in the same position; he cried it out.
I feel for Big Baby here. I don't cry often, but if Kevin Garnett tore into me, I could see myself get a little weepy.
Cold Shoulder for Ray
There was quite a bit of animosity last summer, when Ray Allen packed his bags to join the Miami Heat in South Beach.
Most of the Boston Celtics were disappointed and angry that their star teammate chose to play for their hated rival in 2012-13. No one was angrier than Kevin Garnett. He saw Allen's decision to leave the Celtics as an act of betrayal. He went so far as to lose Allen's phone number.
Then there was the season opener, a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals of 2012, with a minor twist. Allen switched locker rooms and entered the court with the home team, wearing a Miami Heat jersey.
Allen went about giving the usual hugs and greetings to Celtics coaches Doc Rivers, Tyronn Lue and Kevin Eastman. Then he made his way down the bench to Garnett.
The TNT audience was subsequently treated to one of the coldest shoulders anyone has delivered in quite some time. Garnett completely stoned Allen for any sort of greeting or even acknowledgement.
Garnett clearly felt wronged by Allen, granting us yet another weird moment in his history.
The Word of Villanueva and Duncan
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We already touched on Kevin Garnett's penchant for trash talking with the infamous Carmelo Anthony incident.
Now we'll examine two other well-known occasions where Garnett reportedly crossed the line.
Back in 2010, The Boston Celtics were beating the Detroit Pistons, 109-86. Within the game, Garnett was having quite a shoot-out with Charlie Villanueva. Garnett finished 9-of-12 for 22 points, while Villanueva was 7-of-13 for 17 points.
After the game, the Pistons' reserve posted on Twitter that at some point during the game, Garnett called him a "cancer patient." Villanueva has a condition called alopecia universalis, which results in hair loss. Garnett refuted the statement, but given everything else that has happened, it is tough not to point blame at him.
Along with the Villanueva and Anthony incidents, there are numerous other alleged times where Garnett cross trash-talking lines. As Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times wrote after the Anthony feud started, there were rumors Garnett once told Tim Duncan, whose mother passed away when he was 14, "Happy Mother's Day," on the second Sunday of May, 1999.
Once again, that is a largely unproven rumor. However, if that or the Villanueva quote is true, it makes you feel a bit uncomfortable. KG definitely has some weird moments in his trash talking history.
Channing Frye's Cup-Check
Kevin Garnett is well-known for his trash talking, which we've covered to excess already. However, that isn't the only weird thing about Garnett's interaction with other NBA players.
When it came to a Jan. 28, 2011 game against the Phoenix Suns, Garnett got a bit too "handsy."
Late in a disappointing loss for the Boston Celtics, Suns forward Channing Frye elevated for a three. When he came down, he went immediately to the ground, doubled-over and grimacing. Garnett had given him a little back-handed tap below the belt at his jump's apex.
Frye popped up after a short groan and got into Garnett's face. The two were given technical fouls, with Garnett being ejected.
As we've learned from an endless stream of slapstick comedies, seeing males get struck in that area can provide many laughs. However, in a professional basketball game, with full-grown men, it seems a bit odd that it would happen.
KG Lists His Arsenal
Kevin Garnett has gotten a bit more eccentric since joining the Boston Celtics and entering into the twilight of his career. Still, that doesn't mean he was boring by any stretch during his peak years with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Prior to heading into Game 7 against the Sacramento Kings in a second round series in 2004, Garnett chose to list out his full arsenal of weapons for the media. The Kings definitely took notice, as Garnett's 32 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks decimated them, not unlike a hand grenade or M16.
2004 was Garnett's MVP season. He posted averages of 24.3 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Those are absolutely incredible numbers. Unfortunately, Garnett's Timberwolves were cut down in the next round by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Attack of the Szczerbiak
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Things have a tendency to get strained when on teammate is the greatest defensive player of his generation and an impossibly ferocious competitor, and another teammate looks upon defensive effort with an incredible disdain.
That was the case with Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak during their years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. From 1999 to 2005, when Szczerbiak was sent to the Boston Celtics, the two played together. Garnett the super intense defensive force, and Szczerbiak the free-wheeling jump shooter.
Tensions hit a high during practice one day when an argument erupted over Szczerbiak's defense. Some reports, like this one from the Washington Post, had Garnett taking a swing at his teammate's head. Of course, this came out after Garnett punched another player, Rick Rickert, during a pick-up game.
Last season this minor feud was re-ignited when Szczerbiak, now retired, called out Garnett's lack of clutch play on Twitter.
Now, punching out other grown men is hardly normal behavior. This is one of Garnett's more odd feuds, being that it was against a non-threatening teammate. Still, it is tough to look at Szczerbiak's recent attack as anything but personal, stemming from his time dealing with Garnett on a daily basis.
However, I find it tough to judge the guy who gave me this great childhood poster.
King Garnett and the Quest for the Holy G
Now that we have surpassed all the weirdly nasty moments of Kevin Garnett's history, we can start to have some fun.
Gatorade contributed to what may be the weirdest athlete commercial I've ever seen. They created a series of ads starring various athletes, led by Garnett, who were on a quest to find the "Holy G." It seemed to be largely based off the old comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
The full quest runs about 10 minutes, and features King Garnett (Kevin Garnett) searching for the Holy G (Gatorade). He is joined by Sir Jeter the Gifted (Derek Jeter), Sir Jimmy the Other Gifted (Jimmy Johnson), Sir Bolt the Gutsy (Usain Bolt), Misty and Kerri the Two-Headed, Three-Legged Knight and Alicia the Girl Who Made Horse-Trotting Noises (Alicia Sacramone). Oh, they also have Bolt's pet, Ego.
Along the way, they encounter the likes of Kap (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), The Jabbawockeeza and of course the dreaded Game 7, voiced by none other than Michael Jordan.
I am a big fan of athletes in commercials, particularly fun ones. This, however, is definitely one of the weirdest I've seen.
KG's Other Commercials
Beyond the really strange Gatorade commercials, Kevin Garnett has had plenty of other weird moments on screen.
Of course my favorite is the ad for Nike, where Brandi Chastain scored on him in foosball. KG stands, a bit slack-jawed, waiting for Chastain to pull her famous "shirt-over-the-head" move.
A few others include Garnett's pickup game with NBA superstars. He gets into a conversation making fun of Dwight Howard's new nickname. In another Nike commercial, Garnett tries to score on an entire city of people, with one surprise defender. He was also a part of the NBA's supremely weird "Big Head" phase.
Can you imagine how weird it must have been to shoot the Adidas commercial that has townspeople climbing onto Garnett's back, stacking on top of one another?
Animated KG Is a Momma's Boy
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Easily my new favorite weird Kevin Garnett moment is his appearance on a 2011 episode of "The Cleveland Show."
In the episode "A Short and a Tall Tale," a few NBA All-Stars donated their voices to Fox's animated show. The full episode can be viewed in Netflix's Watch Instant section.
In it, Garnett and some other All-Stars are heckled by Cleveland, the show's protagonist. After he teases Garnett about not going to college and gets into a spat with Mrs. Garnett in the stands, the All-Stars get together and decide they are going to follow Cleveland home and teach him a lesson.
Garnett looks to make fun of Cleveland's mother as revenge, but mid "yo momma" joke, momma Garnett shows up to grab KG by the ear and teach him a lesson of his own.
Knowing Garnett's on-court persona is what makes this so incredibly weird to see. Him interacting with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki for this bit clashes with what he see from him on the court.
The other half of the episode features a host of little people mistaking Cleveland's five-year-old son as a fellow little person, only adding to the weirdness of the whole ordeal.
A new side of Kevin Garnett, particularly animated Kevin Garnett, makes this the weirdest moment of his illustriously odd career.