Rumors that Kevin Garnett is less than a savory character have been around for some time now, but just recently they seem to be gathering credence and steam.
Joakim Noah is the latest NBA star to come forward and publicly announce his extreme distaste for the Boston forward, but he's not alone. Just a few days ago, Charlie Villanueva tweeted that Garnett had called him a "cancer patient." Whether or not this is true, it's getting pretty obvious that Kevin Garnett will not be getting many Christmas cards from his colleagues.
Noah came forward on November 10 to not only tell us that he hates Garnett, but also why.
"I had his poster in my room," Noah said. "I used to wear his jersey. And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and he kind of shut me down.
"And he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."
Noah goes on to explain that Garnett is especially mean to rookies and international players. If that statement is true, then we actually do have a problem on our hands, and Garnett is much more than a trash talker.
Now I understand that trash talking is necessary in sports. Heck, I encourage it. But this is starting to look like it goes beyond professional rivalries, doesn't it? When was the last time you heard so many people come forward about Carmelo Anthony regarding this issue? How about Dirk Nowitzki, or even Brandon Roy?
I can guarantee you that all of these men talk trash on the floor. The difference between them and Garnett is respect. They understand that when the buzzer sounds, the men on both teams are human. Kevin Garnett, on the other hand, has trouble separating his two worlds because of his over-the-top emotions.
Seriously now, why all the hate Garnett? I can see the occasional trash talk, even the rookie hazing to a certain extent, but do you really have to single people out? I agree that there are two sides to every story, but I'm not sure why Noah would be making all of this up.
There has to be some amount of truth to what these players have been saying about Garnett. I also watched the 2008 Finals, and I can objectively say that Garnett tends to be a dirty player with his physicality. Combine that with his horrible mouth, and what you have is an NBA bully.
At the rate this talk is going, it won't be long before we see a confrontation between the likes of Garnett and Noah/Villanueva on the basketball court. This is something that Stern needs to address in my opinion, and fast.
The last thing the NBA needs is another "Malice in the Palace," and that's exactly where we'll be headed as soon as a hard foul between these players occur. The fight may not involve the fans as the Pistons brawl did, but the publicity would be just as bad. Personally I would love to see Garnett put his money where his loud mouth is, but the hardwood is not the place for fighting.
My honest opinion is that KG would get knocked on his butt if something were to actually unfold. He shows all the symptoms of being a talker, and not a doer. We may someday see if I'm correct in my suspicion or not, but the NBA needs to take steps in preventing the next NBA embarrassment while they still can.
I love Kevin Garnett's passion for the game of basketball, but it's becoming abundantly clear that he needs to control himself a lot more when he plays.