Kevin Garnett said the Boston Celtics' elimination of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2010 NBA playoffs "broke" LeBron James and led to his choice of the Miami Heat in free agency that summer.
Garnett explained during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast that series set the stage for the memorable seven-game clash between the Celtics and Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals:
"The C's, we didn't give a f--k about LeBron," he said.
Garnett also suggested James and the Heat won that memorable 2012 postseason encounter because the NBA had an "agenda."
"The league knew that they had an agenda in which we wasn't part of the agenda. You understand? Right," he said. "And that's how they ended up winning that series. Yeah, I said it."
The 15-time All-Star said the members of those two teams have professional respect for each other, but they haven't been and will never be friendly—"it would be cool and respect, but it won't be like fraternizing."
Miami went on to cruise past the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals, winning in five games to give James his first NBA title. The Heat won another title in 2013, and LeBron returned to Cleveland in 2014 before leading the Cavs to their first championship in 2016.
Both legends will eventually end up in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but it sounds like some bad blood from earlier this decade still lingers.