Kevin Garnett fires back at LeBron James
We all know how intense Kevin Garnett can be. LeBron James went on record to essentially call Garnett and teammate Paul Pierce hypocrites for the way they treated Ray Allen after leaving the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat last season last season. Garnett and Pierce, along with Doc Rivers and other Celtics’ players were quick to pass judgement on their former teammate (Allen) for leaving Boston.
LeBron simply stood up for his teammate, saying that Ray made the moves that he felt were best for himself, his family, and his career. After winning his second ring last season with the Heat, Allen appears to have made the correct move. LeBron was critical of Garnett and Pierce because they both just walked away from the Celtics too. As did head coach Doc Rivers. Of course, Garnett and Pierce were pieces in a trade, but KG had to waive his no-trade clause first, so parting ways with the Celtics was nothing short of mutual for all involved. That was the point that Lebron was making.
Nevertheless, KG did not like LeBron’s comments and fired back at the reigning NBA MVP.
“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami,” Garnett said on Thursday night. “He has nothing to do with Celtic business.”
Forget the Knicks/Nets rivalry we’ve been talking about. How about some Nets/Heat rivalry? These teams are both packed with star-power and plenty of championship rings between the two of them. This thing just may get a lot more ugly, before it gets any better. As an NBA fan, I wouldn’t ask for it any other way. Intense battles between two talented teams are what this sport is made up of.
Paul Pierce also had some words in response to LeBron’s comments.
“I left Boston?”
“We’re trying to install that here,” Pierce said. “They’ve taken what we’ve tried to accomplish the last couple years in Boston. We’re here in Brooklyn now, and it’s the same type of attitude.
“They’re the champs, they’ve got what we want, and we have to go through them to get it. We’ve got to just help everybody understand that it’s not going to be easy, and we’ve got to win.”
Pierce obviously refers to the fact that Garnett had the no-trade clause, and not him. But either way, it’s been felt across the league that the two stars (Pierce and Garnett) were a package deal. So, details of who did and who didn’t have a no-trade clause, seems to matter very little. The general feeling had always been that Garnett and Pierce would go together or not at all.
With the season less than two weeks away, these comments couldn’t have come at a better time. Be sure to mark down November 1st in your calendar as the Nets host the Heat in Brooklyn.