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Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett is 'dirty'

Apr 18, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

Joakim Noah, who’s not even playing the Celtics, has weighed in on Kevin Garnett following Garnett’s little scuffle with the Heat last night. And the review is not glowing.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

“I’m going to say it: He’s a dirty player,” Noah said following Bulls
practice Sunday.

Asked if he felt Garnett should be suspended, Noah went even stronger
with his criticism.

“I don’t make the decisions,” Noah said. “But he’s always swinging
elbows man. I’m hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It’s
unbelievable. He’s a dirty player. It’s one thing to be competitive and
compete. But don’t be a dirty player man. He’s a dirty player.

Now, don’t hold back, Joakim. Tell me what you really think. Let it all out.

Noah’s pretty much amassing enemies of the All-Star team, beefing with LeBron and Garnett. As for KG, we continue to wait for word of his fate, here’s what he had to say last night following the incident.

  1. Wrangler - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    So now Noah is the bad guy? Listen up guys…Kevin Garnett is not a great player…He is/was a very good player. Drafted fresh out of high school he became the rage of the NBA. Young, big,passionate,hard playing and totally committed to his taem and management. He starred for a team that was not destined to win a champioship. Fast forward…When the opportunity came to go elsewhere for big money and a chance for a NBA championship, Kevin jumped. To make a long story short, Kevin got his ring with his new team (Boston Celtics. And,looked forward to winning a second ring. It became obvious to him however, that he was now an aging star. This realization was difficult for him to accept. Injuries piled up and were now becoming a matter of deep concern. Keeping up with opponent young guns added to his frustrations. Resulting in release pent up fury and flashes of violent anger. The swinging of an elbow could crack a man’s skull and is a very serious thing. And to happen at the near end of a game his team was assured of winning with only a minute or so left in the game is inexcusable. There was no need for Kevin to be involved in the fracas…He was was full display before a large TV audience with sports announcers,analysts and prognosticators all giving their version of the incident.What were the NBA officials going to do? What would the NBA do?
    Had he cracked an opponent player’s skull or caused a serious facial fracture, that would be the end of his season and probably his last chance for another ring.
    As for Noah,in my opinion he was speaking from experience having felt the pain from Kevin’s elbows…Thus the charge “Dirty Player”. Noah should not be characterized as a bad guy for his statement(s). Note: English is his second/3rd language.

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