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Tim Duncan reportedly hates Kevin Garnett

May 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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I pointed this out on twitter earlier this week — if you read just one basketball story (not on PBT) this week, it should be Chris Ballard’s profile of Tim Duncan. This is what the best of sports writing looks like, and Ballard has killed it with a few pieces these playoffs.

But I will share the juiciest part of the Duncan piece with you — he can’t stand Kevin Garnett. Which makes me want a Celtics vs. Spurs NBA finals all the more.

It’s not hard to imagine the intense-but-reserved Duncan clashing with the intense-in-your-face Garnett. Here is what Ballard wrote.

In fact, Duncan hates Kevin Garnett. Hates him the way liberals hate Sean Hannity. This information comes from very reliable sources, who talk about how KG has made a career of trying to punk Duncan, baiting him and slapping him and whispering really weird smack into his ear. They talk about how funny this is, because the worst thing you can do as an opponent is piss off Duncan. Then, as Malik Rose says, “he f—— destroys you.” Duncan’s lifetime numbers versus Garnett’s teams, by the way: 19.4 points per game, 11.6 boards and a 44–17 record, including the postseason.

Duncan is diplomatic about the topic. Asked if perhaps all those years battling Garnett have softened his feelings for the man, led to a Magic-Larry type of kinship, Duncan leans back on the couch in his hotel room and grins. There is a pause. A longer pause. Finally he says, “Define kinship.”

Come on basketball gods, you robbed us of Derrick Rose these playoffs. You’ve made us suffer through the first two games of Philadelphia vs. Boston. You’ve exacted your pound of flesh. Can you at least give us Duncan vs. Garnett in the finals? Please.

  1. lakerluver - May 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Two all time greats. IMO, Duncan’s the best PF ever.

    • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Good to see classy Laker fan comments.

      • trollaikman8 - May 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Metta World War would kick both their asses.

    • achester99 - May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Ballard is misleading and a flat-out liar. Misleading: Duncan’s numbers are decent, but in head to head battles, KG has more points, more rebounds, more assists, more steals, better shooting. Flat-out lie: Duncan’s head to head record is 29-19 (23-17 in reg season, 6-2 in playoffs). Where did he pull the 44-17 record from??

  2. furio2929 - May 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    KG has an attitude that makes look like an ass in front of camaras ie….. Pumping his chest, hitting the padding on the rim stand ect. TD is all cool and shows it in the way he plays ball. Good luck to the spurs.

  3. 00maltliquor - May 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I would HATE to see a Celtics-Spurs grand finale. Absolute snoozefest. As a matter of fact, there is nothing I would rather see less out of any combo of teams still alive in the post-season.

  4. ike73 - May 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    kind of challenges the theory that KG only trash talks players who are smaller and less significant than him

    • jjordannba - May 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      My thoughts exactly, people only point out the small players he messes with while neglecting to mention the allstar caliber players he messes with, KG does it to anyone and everyone, it’s apart of his game his mentality. I’ve seen him mess with Blake Griffen, Deandre Jordan, Mikael Pietrus, Lebron James, Channing Frye, Al Jefferson, Dwight Howard,Bargani etc… i mean he doesn’t just go around trying to intimidate all the littler lesser players, he literally just want to get in everybody’s head that he possibly can and most times it works

  5. detroitcityryda - May 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    kg is crazy all in your face guy timmey is that soft Boring off the back board guy I don’t know which one is worse .but i dont like Timmmeyyy at all and they ain’t winning a championship this year bet on it

    • kavika6 - May 18, 2012 at 6:11 AM

      How can anyone possibly hate Timmy? What has he ever done to deserve that, besides winning?

  6. tanna456 - May 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    They are CLEARLY different types but I really like both guys, so I can’t say much either way………..

  7. deadeyedesign23 - May 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Considering Duncan spent his career playing next to David Robinson and Tony Parker, while KG was in Minnesota is the W/L record really relevant?

  8. jerdogthompson - May 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Anybody that calls the clippers the floppers need to watch the Spurs. They are the creators and absolute most professional floppers the league Has Ever Seen. Lick their who’who’s ref’s.

  9. boilerup1869 - May 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Everyone hates Kevin Garnett

    • patsfiend - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Minus the entire New England region and also Minnesota.

      • boilerup1869 - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM


        *Most everyone hates Kevin Garnett.

  10. skol22 - May 18, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    He failed to mention Timmys 4 rings , to Kg’s 1.

  11. nicosamuelson2 - May 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    KG is better.

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