In light of Honey Nut Cheerios having their own form of an economic stimulus courtesy of the Kevin Garnett/Carmelo Anthony feud, this got us at Sports-Kings thinking about the usually notorious trash talking incidents Kevin Garnett has been part of. Although KG has had many incidents with players we’re going to stick with the trash talking and not the “punching and elbow” incidents. Sorry Wally Szczerbiak and Zaza Pachulia. Time to get to the list!
5.) Kevin Garnett and LeBron James
This may be the longest tenured trash talking incident that KG has ever been part of. Starting back in Cleveland when LeBron played for the Cavs, Kevin Garnett and many of his fellow Celtics would bully and trash talk LeBron James. This was only heightened when LeBron left for Miami. Last year, LeBron finally had enough and carried the Heat past the Celtics on their way to the NBA Finals. However, there was a moment when LeBron and Garnett came face to face in which LeBron stuck his arm out with the ball and just laughed.
4.) Kevin Garnett taunts Jose Calderon
I’m still not sure if I’ve heard the reason for Kevin Garnett taunting Jose Calderon. Was KG upset that Calderon had the audacity to rotate and contest his short corner jump shot? Did Calderon actually say something to KG after he sunk his 15 foot jumper? Whatever the case, Calderon did not back down and jawed right back at Garnett. What baffles everyone is how KG didn’t receive a technical foul for taunting. He literally is waiving his finger and hand in Calderon’s face the whole way up the floor. Apparently waiving your finger at the opponent after a blocked shot like Dikembi Mutombo used to do is a technical, but waiving your hand in someone’s face in a taunting manner all the way up the floor is not.
3.) Kevin Garnett calls Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient
Charlie Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, an autoimmune skin disease. The result of this is hair loss. I doubt KG knew Villanueva had this condition, much less what the disease is. Still calling someone a cancer patient is crossing the line. The Celtics blew out the Pistons in this game (109-86) so I’m not sure where the trash talking was needed. Just another crazy trash talking encounter of an insane Garnett taking it too far.
2.) Kevin Garnett wishes Tim Duncan Happy Mother’s Day
This trash talking incident goes all the way back to May of 1999. During the first round of the playoffs, Timmy’s Spurs took on Garnett’s Timberwolves. As Tim Duncan went to the free throw line, Kevin Garnett yelled at him, “Happy Mother’s Day MotherFucker.” In case anyone didn’t know, Tim Duncan’s mother died of breast cancer one day before his 14th birthday. As you can guess, Tim Duncan hates Kevin Garnett.
1.) Kevin Garnett tells Carmelo Anthony his wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios
Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony will forever go down as the best thing that ever happened to General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios. At least in terms of sales right? All jokes aside, this is definitely crossing the line. Even if Celtics’ coach, Doc Rivers denies this took place, Garnett has a track record that suggests he probably did say this. KG had Melo in such a funk that Anthony waited for KG at the Celtics’ team bus. This may go down as the most notorious trash talking incident all-time.