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Garnett fined $25,000 by league for not speaking to media after Game 7

Jun 13, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Garnett reacts after missing shot against Philadelphia 76ers during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston Reuters

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo left the court before the final buzzer even sounded when the Miami Heat beat the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. They didn’t stick around for the post-game handshake like mature adults.

Then Garnett did not speak to the media.

That violates league rules, so Wednesday the league slapped a $25,000 fine on Garnett. All players need to make themselves available to the media after playoff games. Even Eddie Curry. Rondo did speak to the media and was not fined.

My question is, if Garnett decides to retire how does the league collect on that?

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Divas will be Divas, and to save face he will probably just whip out his debit card.

  2. canehouse - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Garnett is a very poor loser.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      …….and a sore one too.

      • bozosforall - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        Not near as sore as the Puh C Boston fans posting here.

    • j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      How much was LeBron fined for doing the same thing when he was with Cleveland?

      • zacksdad - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        LeBron and Wade also did not speak to the media after a couple of their losses to Boston this year. Were they fined also?

      • j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        I doubt it – but I’m also pretty sure that different rules for media access kick in during the playoffs.

        This happens often in the NFL as well. It’s worth $25,000 to a guy who made $300 million in his career not to be asked “how he feels” after a tough loss.

  3. knightrider1755 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    He and Rondo should have been fined for leaving the court before the buzzer sounded.

    • giablommi - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      I suspect the reason that neither KJ or Hondo stuck around for pleasantries with Miami is that neither one of them respects the way the Heat rolls. Can’t say I blame them or disagree. Lebron talking $hit @ KG and preening like he’s an 8 time champ game 1 and lets not forget DWade’s intentional pulldown of Rondo last year resulting in the gruesome dislocated elbow, yet the breathless outrage when someone has the audacity to foul him hard as in the Indiana series. Not to mention the flopping and constant whining throughout the series as Rondo pointed out.

      Bronbron waved the white flag in Cleveland since he wasn’t man enough to be a leader and captain his own ship to beat Boston, he had to jump on someone else’s back to actually get it done yet still has no ring to show for it and the odds are stacked as far as getting it done this year, or even the next if OKC is as real as they appear to be. The Celtics realize that and can’t really respect such a spineless weasels like Lebron and D Wade, who should no longer get a free pass for being one of the biggest punk b!tches in the league.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        So is Paul Pierce a lesser man because he couldn’t win on his own and needed KG and Ray Ray as free agents to win as a big three?

        Boston fans are not allowed to complain about a team buying a title.

      • kjalcorn - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        Boston traded for a championship. not bought. big difference to miami.

  4. jtchernak - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Let me repeat this he hasn’t shook hands before or after the game EVER in his 17 year career

  5. florida727 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    According to, KG has earned more than $291 MILLION in salary alone. His $25K fine amounts to 0.00008591% of his earnings. I’m guessing he figures it’s worth it to NOT have to answer stupid questions. Money well spent.

    • soflasfinest - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Exactly KG doesn’t give a fuhh

  6. j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Garnett and Rondo should really factor in how many NBA fans and reporters are currently in the throws of PMS when contemplating their post-game activities.

    In Garnett’s case this reduces his career earnings to $299,975,000 so I’m sure he’s lamenting his decision.

    My guess is the members of the Heat don’t care – and were just thankful they were able to survive a 7 game series against an injured geriatric team like the Celtics.

    They might not be so fortunate against a young health OKC team.

  7. andiroid71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I actually can’t believe how many times, after any game in the NBA, players don’t shake hands at the end of games. They just retreat like spoilt brats into the locker rooms. Not good role models. The kids I coach know it is out of respect that they shake the opposing teams and coaches hands after a game. Win or lose. NOBODY is above that.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Nobody’s perfect! Rondo made contact with the refs more than once this season, including the time he whipped the ball at one of them. Garnett has always been a trash-talking sore loser, but at least with the Celtics he won a title. Look for Rondo to have great games and bigger meltdowns in the future.

  8. franchiseplaya - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I love KG but considering some of the kooky things he says, I would think that the NBA would PAY him $25,000 not to speak.

  9. reesesteel23 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    ok for Garnett….not for Lebron…
    Say what you want, if Lebron did it…everyone would be calling for his beheading.

  10. bozosforall - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Gotta laugh at the Puh C Boston fans who make lame excuses for their Puh C players.

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