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Kevin Garnett explains cancer comment to George Karl

Dec 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

George Karl, Kevin Garnett

Remember when Charlie Villanueva tweeted that Kevin Garnett crossed the line saying he looked like a cancer patient? And Garnett defended himself by saying no, I called you a cancer to your team and the league? Ahh, those were the days.

Cancer patients found the entire thing pretty distasteful. Rightfully.

Nuggets coach George Karl is a cancer survivor, back on the court this season after having to miss the second half of last season to fight throat cancer.

Garnett went up to Karl after the game and talked to him about the comments.

“I went up to him as a man, and what I said is that I had nothing personal toward him nor any other cancer patient that was out there struggling, dealing with life situations,” Garnett said. “I wanted to say that to him, man-to-man.”

“I appreciate that he took the time to do it,” he said. “Kevin has always been one of my favorite players.”

Now let us put this ugliness behind us.

  1. lebronsinsecurity - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I guess this solidifies the fact that KG really did say what CV claims he did.. Why would he feel the need to semi-apologize to Karl.. KG’s explanation:”He was cancerous to his team and the league” was a really bad attempt to cover his tracks in the first place.. He should of just said, “it’s trash talk, nothings off limits”

  2. zblott - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    KG makes the list of quarter-season MVP candidates:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/12/9/mvp-candidates-at-the-quarter-season-mark.html

  3. downtowndanny - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    what a douche bag! hey KG there’s still aids, and sickle cell to tackle, get your joke game up! Go Lakers!

  4. jhorton83 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    People are way too thin-skinned. OMG, he made a joke about cancer! Lock him in jail! Throw away the key!

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