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Terrence Ross says Kevin Garnett NBA’s best pick-setter ‘because he sets illegal screens but he never gets caught,’ wants Nets in playoffs

Mar 19, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Amir Johnson; Mirza Teletovic; Alan Anderson

I didn’t want Toronto to trade Kyle Lowry at the trade deadline, because I think the Raptors are one of the most fun teams in the NBA. They’re young and hungry, and they have a solid shot of winning just the second playoff series in franchise history. Even if Lowry’s impending free agency forces tough decisions this summer, this season’s run justifies itself. It wasn’t the time to break up such an enjoyable group.

A key figure on this fun roster: Terrence Ross.

Ross is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the league, and participating in a reddit AMA only endears him further – especially these fearless answers.

Question:

Who do you think is best at setting picks in the NBA, and why is it Amir Johnson?

Ross:

best at setting picks is kevin garnett because he sets illegal screens but he never gets caught. he’ll literally hold you and you can’t get around him.

Question:

Also, who do you want as a first round matchup in the playoffs?

Ross:

i want brooklyn personally.

The Raptors are currently third in the East, but just a half game ahead of the Bulls. The Nets are fifth, ahead of the sixth-place Wizards by about a tenth of a percent. There a lot of ways the standings could fall into a Toronto-Brooklyn matchup, and I’m rooting for any of them.

Most players won’t be so open about their desired opponent, saying they’ll be glad to to face any challenge in the playoffs. But Ross, and these Raptors, march to their own drum. That’s what makes them so enjoyable.

In the AMA, Ross also praises Lowry – the most-deserving player not selected to the All-Star game – in ways opposing coaches who vote for reserves should have recognized.

Question:

Who talks on D? Who is the most vocal and who calls out the opposing team’s plays?

Ross:

kyle lowry. always. before every play i ask him, ‘yo what they running?’.

usually the team come down the court, lowry will recognize the play and call out what they’re doing.

Question:

Who’s the one teammate on the Raptors you look up to for leadership?

Ross:

kyle lowry because he’s the smartest guy on the team. he makes the biggest impact on the games.

In perhaps the gem of the chat, Ross called Tyler Hansbrough ‘psycho t,’ which led to this question:

i thought he hated being called psycho t?

Ross:

maybe, but i still call him that! his other nickname is chops. he calls himself chops, but we don’t. he’s crazy, so we still call him psycho t.

Kurt and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on nicknames. When Kevin Durant disproved of his “Slim Reaper” nickname, Kurt argued that made it a better nickname. “You’re not supposed to like your nickname,” he said. I, on the other hand, believe someone should some have some limited right of refusal on his nickname.

But we, and I presume everyone else in the entire world besides Koko Costanza, definitely agree someone can’t choose his own nickname.

Chops? Get the heck out of here with that. Psycho T it is.

  1. pharohislife - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    More disrespect to the Hall of Fame Kevin Garnett by the authors of this site, Classic, but baseless.

  2. pharohislife - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Based on the way the authors on this site constantly talk about Kevin Garnett, you would think he’s not a Hall of Fame Power-Forward and one of the Top 5 to ever play at the position. No, you would think he was always just some irritating cheap-shotting slightly better version of Reggie Evans. It’s clear none of you authors like the guy, and it’s clear yall will always go out of your way to take shots at him, but show some respect for the man who revolutionized the Power-Forward Position.

    • gepsep - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      So, based on those thumbs down, there are a lot of people who are only fans of the NBA since around 2010 season, when KG started doing all the dirty stuff a lot more. They probably never saw a single game of the guy playing in his prime.

      • retxedfred - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        What excellent deductive reasoning skills you’ve got!

    • spursareold - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I saw plenty of games in his prime. He’s got skills, but no balls. He will ONLY ever mix it up with guys smaller than him. He’s a fugazi. He never won until he went to Boston and had Truth to hold his hand when things got bad.

      • gepsep - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Well i do not understand why do you have to put ”mixing it up” skills with basketball skills. Yeah, i agree he talks to guards and pretty much runs away from big guys, but the fact still remains that he is one of 5 greatest PF’s ever. Plus the teammates in Minnesota were awful for him.
        Well the same can be said abput LeBron when he came down here to Miami(yes, im from there) and D-Wade helped him win and hold his balls…

      • pharohislife - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        You see and that’s the problem it’s baseless, yall REPEAT Whatever you hear, yall can’t formulate your own views. Because you just stated the Public Perception yourself. But your wrong. KG “mixes it up” with everybody.

        I’ve seen him with my own eyes, not the media’s MY OWN. Get into it with Joakim Noah, Andray Blatche, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, Andrew Bogut, Kevin Love, Al Jefferson, Mikael Pitreus, Channing Frye, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and most recently Carmelo Anthony.

        My point being he doesn’t care who it is or the size, he messes with everybody, its a mind game, a strategy to throw opponents off their game, and it’s worked in many xases.

      • pharohislife - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I can show you videos of him “mixing it up” with Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Andray Blatche, Blake Griffin, Gerald Wallace, Al Jefferson, Lebron James, Dwade, Carmelo Anthony and much more. How many of them are smaller than him?

      • kinggw - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Are you saying KG never mixed it up with Duncan?

  3. antistratfordian - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Common knowledge.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      ^This. Jimmy Johnson, former NFL head coach, used to teach his defensive backs to be overly physical with WRs, even at the risk of drawing a flag. Why? Referees might throw a pass interference flag a couple of times, but they’ll generally allow the physical defense for the vast majority of plays. Therefore, it’s worth accepting a couple of flags per game in exchange for getting to play physical defense for the remaining snaps.

      Same thing with Garnett. He commits illegal screens all the time, but because the referees only whistle him for it a couple of times per game, his team benefits from dozens of VERY effective (illegal) screens per game in exchange for 1-2 personal fouls. It’s smart basketball.

  4. zickhead - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Garnett only picks on bench players and rookies. He’s all talk.

    • basketballhooper1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      So Carmelo is rookie/bench player?

  5. doctordunkenstein - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Uh oh…the smallest, whitest and preferably most European player on the Raptors better watch out the next time they play the Nets…KG is gonna be looking for some payback! Nando de Colo better watch his back!

  6. marbulz - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Y’all need to stop hating on the guy he was the first good high school player to come out into the NBA in like 30 years

  7. marbulz - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I guess everybody forgot how he got Carmelo Anthony all mad about the cheerio effect. You all need to fan up

  8. pharohislife - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    And when I speak some realness the authors try to withold it.

    • gepsep - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      True dat!

  9. casualcommenter - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    KG isn’t the only player who sets illegal screens under the assumption that the referees won’t call a foul the vast majority of the time. Andrew Bogut of the Warriors openly admitted to Grantland’s Zach Lowe that he does that too.

    It’s risk reward. Would you rather have a couple of dozen legal but less effective screens and no fouls called against you, or a couple of dozen illegal but very effective screens and 2-3 fouls called against you?

    It’s nothing new. Players have been setting illegal screens to get an advantage for decades.

  10. blakegblogs - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Chops? Classic

  11. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    garnett wouldn’t fight a security guard at Chuck E Cheese.

  12. deshan74 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Better watch forcwhat you wish for because I know the know would love to play the raptaors a young team with no playoff expiernce. I would take expiernce everyday of the week plus no back to backs in playiff so brooklyn would be ready every game. Oh yea my fav player KG dont set dirty screens if they dont get called then they are legal.

  13. dubblelznhell - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I used to be a huge raptors fan from their Stoudimier (sp. check) inception days through to Vince Carter. Ever since they traded Vince Carter, they fell outta favour with me….

    Glad to see them doing good once again

  14. pudgalvin - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    “Maybe Garnett will fight him. Ross is a guard.”

    HA!

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