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You’ll never believe it, but Kevin Garnett picked up a technical for absurd behavior

Feb 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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I like that we get to spend our weekends like this, don’t you? Each weekend you can get up, have your coffee, read the paper that you don’t get because you get the internet so why would you get a paper? And we go over what jackass thing Kevin Garnett did the night before. It’s like clockwork, only if clockwork involved a 34-year-old man who acted like he can’t control his own behavior, because he’s too “intense.”

It’s a tradition, really.

Apparently Garnett read what we wrote about last week in regards to him somehow avoiding a suspension despite hitting Channing Frye in the junk, and thought “Well, if I got away with that, let’s see how I can skirt things this weekend.”

In the Celtics loss to the Mavericks Friday night, Garnett was given a hard foul by Jose Juan Barrea. Barrea didn’t go for the head or anything, because, honestly, he can’t reach that high. He kept his arm on him to try and stop his momentum and avoid hurting Garnett. Garnett, being Garnett, swung his elbow up and in doing so slightly shoved Barrea forward. Not cool, but typical Garnett behavior, no biggie.

Here’s the good part. Check the video.

Garnett apparently said to himself “Self, you got away with hitting someone in the junk last week, without any punishment beyond the ejection. Let’s see if we can put our hands on an official and slap his hands off us and get away with it.” Garnett slaps the official who’s trying to calm him down’s hands off him. Twice.

Fun stuff.

Garnett doesn’t have a nationally televised game against the biggest market team in the league in a Finals rematched Sunday, so you can expect him to possibly receive punishment for this. But whatever he gets will not be what Dwight Howard or Amare’ Stoudemire would get, because it’s KG. And everyone loves KG. Because he’s “intense.”

Or maybe they won’t just to really flaunt the whole thing. Good times.

(HT: Outside the NBA)

  1. ibchuck33 - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    I like Garnett but isn’t touching a ref grounds for a suspension or fine? I saw the game and thought, man he’s lucky he didn’t get thrown out of the game for that. If that had been the ref who threw out Duncan for laughing on the bench, forget about it.

  2. steelyres211 - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    He should’ve been ejected for that, but since he wasn’t, he needs to be suspended for one game. Anything less than that is an embarrassment, there’s no excuse, you can’t put your hands on an official.

  3. cur68 - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    I don’t get it. Why’s KG in trouble here? The ref had his hands on KG who was walking away. He’s even pushing him. There was no need to do touch him, much less push him. No one will ever accuse me of being Mr. Sensitive but even I know better than to lay hands on a big upset dude who’s walking away from a confrontation and I don’t care what my job is; don’t touch him unless you have to, he’s obviously upset. And really, it doesn’t matter that this is KG, right? I realize that in the dictionary next to the phrase ‘short fuse’ are pictures of KG, Mike Tyson, John Rocker, Randy Johnson, etc. These are guys who go off with little provocation and react out of proportion to the slight, real or imagined, done to them. This is not some mystery. But anytime someone is walking away from a confrontation DO NOT TOUCH HIM. Honestly…

    • passerby23 - Feb 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      I couldn’t agree more. For all of the emotional antics KG exhibits on a regular basis, writers (especially on this site) clamor for this drama to write about it. As I commented on with the Frye incident, it was a cheap shot but not flagrantly dirty as it was made out to be. Same with this. Barea pulled down hard on KG’s arm as happens multiple times to multiple players with the same reaction throughout the course of a season. This is nothing different.

      The ref INEXPLICABLY grabbed KG’s arm a second time as he was walking away to prove a point, not to make the correct call. It’s as if he was provoking him. If anything, admonish the ref. KG did his usual elbow extension – fine, give him the tech – but he didn’t lose his temper despite the ref purposefully agitating him.

  4. zackd2 - Feb 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    KG pick being tough with a <6" guard? Shocking.When does this ass finally get the suspension? That play happens numerous times every game, yet KG throws an elbow.

    Can't wait until he does this in the playoffs and finally gets suspended so Celtics fans can cry, "Yea but if we'd had KG it would have been 3 in a row in Perk was healthy last year!!"

    These ESPN videos suck too. You have to post the ones from CSNNE with Tommy Heinsohn.

  5. jmessinger - Feb 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    He barely touched the flopping Barea (and I like Barea). And then barely touched the ref. Writers’ overreaction to KG while pretending to be reasonable is just as predictable.

  6. digitalpoo - Feb 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Someone in the league needs to drop Garnett. You’d think for an NBA veteran he’d be a little more well put together and collected. Nope… just another thug personality who thinks he’s intimidating the crap out of every team. His real wuss personality comes out when teams shut him down, like Dallas did.

    I’d pay to see Griffin let out some aggression (which he actually supreses and uses as fuel) and take him out.

  7. deiong - Feb 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    i used to like garnet then he went to boston and started believing hes a thug wanna be.. its sad.. mid life crisis? anger management classes??.. cant image why he would be angry for. hes got everything. maybe needs to be spanked and put in time out for a bit..

  8. o2chaser - Feb 6, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    You will never believe it, Matt Moore wrote another “intense” article on KG. He likes to talk about people and make judgements. Your so “Dramatic”.

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