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Kevin Garnett tries to explain why he couldn’t shake Ray Allen’s hand

Oct 31, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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This is Kevin Garnett’s act — he plays in some 1960s NBA where the players hate the opposing players on and off the court and want nothing to do with them. Fans eat it up because that’s how they feel even though often KG comes off as an a******.

Which brings us to last night, when Ray Allen entered the game for the Heat and went over and shook the hands of the coaches on the Celtics bench in a move that Celtics fans would have called classy if their guy did it but won’t for Benedict Allen. Of course, KG wasn’t playing that game and sat there arms folded.

So KG, what gives? From the Boston Globe:

“You know what man, I was just trying to stay as neutral as I could but obviously I’m an intense person. Other than it was blank, I just saw the Heat uniforms and obviously he’s on the other side and I just tried to play the game, man.”


Celtics fans already eat this up because he’s their guy and short of KG saying he eats puppies before games they’ll back whatever he says.

I’m tired of the act. I don’t buy the “I can’t like a guy off the court and go hard at him on it” crap — in your own life you don’t play harder in pickup against your friends than you do some random guy who jumped in the game? It is possible to be civil off the court and hard on it, all the guys on the Olympic team got a long great, you think Kobe Bryant is going to go easy on Kevin Durant because of it?

Whatever. I’m done with the whole Ray Allen/Celtics “feud” anyway. Clearly after that game the Celtics have bigger things to worry about anyway.

  1. cakemixa - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    No one really cares about this “feud” nearly as much as the media does. This is the NBA, not the WWE.

    • dls612 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      I Disagree! Actually its great for all sports to have a feud between teams! Its no fun if everyone liked each other! Its more competitive that way! Feuds and having a rivalry in sports is very necessary!

      • scalfor3 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        I guarantee you the fans of both teams care about it plenty.

  2. rtfinch - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    You mean there could possibly be a REAL rivalry where players and teams dont like eachother? What is the world coming to?

  3. mogogo1 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I remember Bill Laimbeer saying ex-teammates were dead to him the minute they left the Pistons. And most of those departures were far less emotionally charged than Allen’s exit from the Celtics. Allen picked somebody else over Garnett, Yeah, it’s business and how things go, but that doesn’t mean Garnett needs to be happy about it. Also not sure how tight they were even when they were teammates. Great teammates aren’t necessarily best friends.

  4. bluenoser23 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Kurt, how many of these “Ray v. the Celts” articles have you churned out in the past month? I seem to recall that after each of them (or most) you make a plea for it to stop. Have you ever considered taking your own advice? Just sayin’

  5. brianratm - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Kurt, Garnett may come across as an a-hole, but why is that an “act”? Maybe he is one. Why in your world does he have to like or respect Ray Allen? It is about personality traits. Garnett is an a-hole and you sir are a weak, yet giant who-ha!

  6. ron05342 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Kurt, you keep saying you are done with it, yet you keep popping up with these stories.

    Stop writing about it.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Ahhhh the LeBron/Heat Stan… already in midseason form…

  8. bigtrav425 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    ummm 1960’s?? everyone should hate the players on the opposite team! it doesn’t happen enough and makes me sick…friends or not,during the game,you are the enemy

  9. unitedwerun - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Kurt, have you ever noticed the popularity of this site compared to the popularity of ProFootballTalk? It’s because of your incredibly biased writing. Nobody wants to hear about your love for the Heat or the crush you have on LeBron.

    People like KG are a dying breed, and that’s a damn shame. He makes the game intense, exciting. He is keeping the personal rivalry alive, and that’s something that can’t be said about hardly anybody in the NBA. He’s fun to watch, whether you’re a Celtics, Hawks, Knicks, or anybody’s fan. There aren’t enough feuds like this, and that’s why the NBA is dying.

    I’m so sick of your terrible writing.

    • tommyshih - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Kurt is a terrible writer, but he is able to mask the fact that he got into the blogging by creating a Lakers blog pretty well. If anything, Kurt is more woefully uninformed that biased.

  10. raidmagic - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    1960’s? Try up into the late 80’s early 90’s or did you not follow basketball ball “back then”?

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Kurt is a typical bandwagon Heat fan that just started watching the NBA 2 years ago.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had a pretty heated personal rivalry during their careers… they have proven there is plenty of time to be friends after your career is over

  11. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    It works both ways Kurt. Everyone says you’re a fan of the Heat. Wade is an a**hole, but you don’t castigate him.

    Attitudes like KG has is what makes rivalries great.
    Just because it doesn’t fit your liking and you’re “tired of the act” doesn’t make it wrong. Who are you tell some pro player how to motivate himself?

    And seriously, the Celtics have a lot to worry about, after 1 game? Against the defending champs no less…..careful, your bias is showing.

  12. cantonbound13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    The NBA was much better when there were rivalries & guys didn’t like eachother on the court.

  13. goraidersgospurs - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Guy has a Ring & made the most money in NBA history, yet he still come off like this. SMH

  14. bbgraf08 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I refuse to take seriously a writer who follows up a quote with “whatever.” Go cover the MTV’s Real World.

    KG and the Celtics were absolutely hurt by Ray’s move. The whole reason Lebron went to Miami was that the Celtics were kicking his butt in Cleveland. Nothing wrong with that, but why should KG embrace him when he never plays nice with players on the other team.

  15. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I am a basketball fan first, heat fan second. being a basketball fan, i love KG’s game and the way he approaches it. I respect the way he motivates himself, some would call him an a-hole, but many people who played jordan have said similar things. before anyone goes crazy im not comparing KG’s skills to Jordan. Just the way they go about motivating themselves within the games.

  16. eshine76 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I missed the game last night, but after hearing the radio this morning, I thought I had missed something epic. I’ve watched the replay and I’m not sure what the big deal is. This situation originally sounded like Ray Allen walked down the entire bench hugging and high-fiving and when KG saw him he turned away. Allen said hi to a few non-players and tapped KG on the shoulder on his way on to the court. There was even a guy in-between them, so its not like Allen approached him. All of this talk is ridiculous. KG is not the ass / bad-ass he’s being made out to be in this situation. I may be in the minrity, but this looks like a non-event just blown up in the media.

  17. bowmanj35 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    KG used to be my favorite player, attitude and game. I feel now like its getting a little tired, attitude and game.

  18. andyhr17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    You’re tired of the act yet you keep writing article after article after article about it. It’s only relevant on here because you keep writing about it!

  19. cibolomatt - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    So your done with this subject, but yet you write an article on it??? After one game vs the defending champs the celtics have everything to worry about?? You don’t like KG’s act and pounce on his team. Journalism at its best Kurt.

  20. jmays77 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Well the NBA season definitely started last night because Kurt is back to showing his Heat bias. I don’t know why you keep trying to hide it. Admit it: you’re a Heat fan. There’s nothing wrong with being just another bandwagon Heat fan. But at least let everyone know so that you don’t get ripped to shreads every time you post something stupid, like this.

    • tommyshih - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      He’s a Lakers fan. Seriously, why does everybody think he’s a Heat fan? He’s the worst sports blogger on the NBC site, but he does not write from the perspective of a biased Heat fan. It’s disgusting defending him on this ridiculous blog post, but the accusations are just idiotic.

  21. Jeff Clark - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Hey, we won a lot of titles in the 1960’s! More of that would be fine with me. LOL

  22. trickybastard - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Sports has gotten soft. I guess writers have too

  23. jcavfss - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Kurt, if you were a rapper your “rap name” would be “Lil Objectivity”

    I have never seen a sport’s writer so bent on a couple players/teams.

    You know, it may be a good thing for the game for their to be an actual rivalry. Rather than this fanny-slapping, nice guy utopia that you dream of for the NBA.

  24. thebadguyswon - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    You’re done until the next time you want some cheap page hits.

  25. scalfor3 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Ray clearly intended to “stick it” to Boston by going to their hated rival for less money. How is it a crime for the C’s to react accordingly?

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