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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  78 responses

Video: LeBron James Laughs in Kevin Garnett’s Face

You mad, Kevin Garnett?

It had become clear by this point that Boston was no match for Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, so Kevin Garnett decided to send LeBron James a little message (with promises after the game for much more of the same next time out.) James’ response was telling: He simply, and dismissively laughed in his foe’s grill.

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  • Bravo

    LMAO I was laughing when I was watching this Live.

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    haaaaaaaaaaaaa… lebron travelled

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    I thought this was classic when it happened.

  • Sparker

    it was such an interesting moment. lbj was standing up to kg and belittling him at the same time. you also felt lebron’s SIZE standing next to him. kg became this tall skinny guy with an attitude/chip on his shoulder who was not going to be able to back up whatever nonsense he was saying.

  • LA Huey

    A troll getting trolled.

  • LP

    yeaaaaaah….nice Lebron…he knows KG (or any other celtic) can’t do anything to come close to stopping him. I would laugh too, if i Knew nobody on that roster could come close to slowing me down….Yeaaa..

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Garnett looked like a fool getting laughed at. I wish Lebron would’ve turned and laugh directly in KG’s ugly face. I hope he gets banged on several times in this series by Wade and James.

  • Zabba

    Lebron laughing was scary. This person gets so many hate mail (extremely racist, too) that if those dudes ever saw him face to face like that they’d crap in their pants.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    That’s what I was thinking LA Huey. lol

  • Boss

    Bwahahahaha bron is a beast

  • Riggs

    yeah keep laughing, and then fake an injury when you dont win it this year champ.

  • Marge Required

    Dang. If Lebron was more handsome maybe he’d have less haters…

  • the king

    so so funny kg talks more then every player in the nba yeaaah yeaaah!!!!!!!!!!

  • thor

    Two of the most hated players in basketball.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I’m a KG fan but I can’t even be mad at this. he dishes it, he’s gotta be able to take it.

  • Mike Mihalow

    In this game, shouldn’t that have been a technical too? Oh wait, that was LeBron. Nevermind.

  • Fat Lever

    “Ha ha ha ha ha, check out this bizarre
    rapper style used by me, the B.I.G.”

  • permaculture james

    love the way lbj waited for ref to get the ball. meanwhile, kg was trying to menace him. felt like that took forever. here’s my outstretched arm, tough guy.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    There are Lebron critics who point out valid areas of concern and room for improvement, and then there are Lebron haters who feel the need to post emotional nonsense on any and every Lebron story. You know who you are!

  • SixURRRS

    It was hilarious. KG looked like a fool.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Funny thing here was neither one of them wanted no problems tho! LOL

  • AQWORD

    Whos gonna stop lebron Pietrus? Nope. P.P ? hhahaha!

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com O

    I’d be laughing too if it was 8 against 5 on the court.

  • William Smithe

    Has Kevin Garnett ever actually showed any evidence at all that he can back up his mugging? He’s like a seven-footer with little-man syndrome.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is exactly what i was tellin BC LeBron should have done to Danny Granger.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    KG ain’t been the same since Anthony Peeler blasted his a*s.

  • gotta chill

    You Heat haters and trolls need to get a life, it’s really getting annoying. LeBron James is the best, your hate is just fuel for him. So sit back and enjoy the show you b!tches

  • DruNyce

    LBJ epitomizes a front runner.

  • Lloyd

    Love KG, but he had it coming. Anyone else would probably have got a tech on that though. Some of those techs called against the celtics were ridiculous!

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    William Smithe: the backup for KG’s “mugging” is his stellar HOF career and his ability to still dominate in stretches on both ends. what else do you want him to do to back up his talk, KO somebody?

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    as far as this video goes, have to agree with everyone who says that KG dishes it out regularly, and last night it was his turn to take it. and he seemed to know that too. still, Doc gets a technical for “come on, Eddie,” and this gets nothing?

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com/ IamYOU

    Yeah! Yeah! YEAAAH! Says the Beast.
    (mumble mumble) says KG.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    My fav technical has to be Sheed from a while back. He got T’d up for staring down a ref. Can’t rem who the ref was but he called a foul on Sheed and as Sheed made his way to bench, he eyeballed him the whole way without a word and got hit with the T for trying to intimidate the ref.
    .
    Fav 3 second call was Ricky Davis/Dajuan Wagner ? from the old Cavs days. His shoe came off while he was cutting through the paint and he stopped to put it back on and was hit the 3 second call. Zebras are funny dudes.

  • DreDay

    All that minus eye contact MEANS NADA. Real Men know this.
    It was 8 vs 5. haha Nice one up top.

  • Stillballin

    Haha losers!! #letsgoheat

  • LA Huey

    By not making eye contact, it’s not considered taunting another player. And therefore, spares him a technical. It’s why Mutombo was allowed to wag the finger to the crowd but not towards another player.

  • Jerome

    @DreDay: Good call. Laughter is a fear response. Espescially when dude can’t even look KG in the eye. Basic.

  • genji

    lebron is afraid of KG he wouldn’t even look him in the eye.

    Heat got helped out by the refs last night with all those bullshit techs called on the Celtics.

  • J.H

    laughter is nit a fear response also he couldn’t look him in the because it would have been a tech.

    I really wish the Sunday at the park trash talk was allowed in the NBA again. Long as there’s no derogatory remarks, or racial slurs or profanity it should be allowed.

    case in point Jeremy lin emerges over night sensation, press asked D.Rose what he thought about him, a ball players response would have been he’s nothing to me ask him how he feels about me, but rose said the scripted NBA response, well he is a really good player and I hope to be at my best when I play the Knicks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    @Nick that was Ron Garretson. It clearly did intimidate him or he wouldn’t have been ejected for that.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    @Nick the Quick I think Joey Crawford throwing Duncan out for laughing from the bench has to be the worst/best tech of all time!

    The same people that call KG soft for not “backing up” his tough talk would be the same ones calling him an idiot if he punched LeBron in the face right there.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Thank you, LA Huey. Do people really think Lebron didn’t look at KG because he was scared? Really?? That’s the difference between what Lebron did and what Gordon Hayward did. Lebron stood his ground laughing, almost daring KG to escalate it, which he didn’t. Gordon Hayward walked away without making eye contact acting like he didn’t know what was going on, then turned in West’s general direction to talk smack when he was safely 15 feet away. You don’t need to punch a bully in the face to prove your point, you just can’t back down.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the NBA wasn’t letting Crawford officiate Spurs games for a little while. I was honestly surprised he was reffing game 1.

  • HAMMER

    A player who laughs in the face of another player. Nothing new.
    Pip did this to Oakley back in ’94. MJ has done it a couple times as well.
    Rodman did it to ‘Zo and countless other opponents.
    So, this is nothing new. Yawn!

  • HAMMER

    Co-sign dfrance21 on both comments.

  • bike

    KG is due a hard forearm to the throat…a la Lance. Make it happen Heat.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    this made my life. It was literally like lebron smacking every celtic fan on the planet right in the face.

  • http://jaw3ap J dub

    This is the funniest thing Lebron has ever done.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Meh.. He wasn’t even looking at him while he was laughing.

  • Te

    Yea Le-choke, Le-bum, Le-roid guess it’s funny when you have to depend on the refs to fix the game so yall can get a win against a team who’s beat yall 3x in a row. Oh by the way. YOU STILL DON’T HAVE RING :) LMAO Lord of the no rings – king james <—– now that's funny

  • Pokemon Master Ash Your Mother

    LeBron is the greatest thing to ever happen to NBA basketball .. of recent

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    what’s with Lebron’s mouthguard? it looks like he has holes in his teeth.

  • T-Money

    xvi

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    He would’ve gotten a tech for taunting if he looked in his face, though I’d love for him to humiliate KG by doing it. And what’s with KG walking up in his face? We all know he wouldn’t have fought him, so he needs to stick to basketball.

  • Heals

    Did LBJ choke in the Finals?(insert audio clip) Does KG have a ring (insert audio clip) Is LBJ hairline receding? (insert audio clip) Did KG have this coming? (insert audio clip). Am I enjoying these 2 series thus far? (insert audio clip)…

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    Y’all notice that when KG talks smack he doesn’t look at the other player? Because that’s a surefire tech for taunting.
    LeBron did the same thing.
    It’s funny how many cats don’t know the rules of the game they follow.

  • Ldub

    @Da meat hook……PERFECTLY said. Garnett has definitely stepped it up this year and played a game of “catch me if you can” with father time. But when Allen is hurt, Bradely is injured and out, PP and Rondo both underplay…You arent going to beat any team. LBJ laughing, I kinda felt, was like yeah…you fouled me (again) and you dont have the skill set to stop, slow down or match me. Matter of fact no one on your team does. I would love to see a sweep but I have Miami in 5.

  • Mariano

    I don’t think it’d be as funny to Lebron if KG was also 27

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Every time I see Crawford reffing a Spurs game I cringe, he tried to wave off when Jackson got elbowed in the face, I don’t have the stats on his calls but I never feel like he is as unbiased as a ref should be.

  • christianbullen

    KG fouled him hard because the previous possession lebron was dancing around with the ball at the top of the key while the game was already in hand. then finished off the showboating with an unnecessary behind the back pass.. Although I don’t see a hard foul as required, the celtics and kevin garnett did.. in reality it’s just a cop out to them knowing they can’t beat the heat this series.

  • j nuggz

    I cant stand either of these guys and would love to be able to say that KG got punked, but I dont understand all of you guys thinking thats what happened here. If you watch the video, when garnett first walks up, it loks like lebron is flinching, but then acts a little tougher as he realizes hes not going to get punched, and i do think it was nervous laughter. And garnett didnt walk away, he just didnt do anything to get a T. if he would have backed up, maybe then you could say he got punked. like i said, i hate them both, but lebron wasnt as tough as you guys are making him seem . why dont yall wait by the bus so maybe you can kiss his ass in person

  • izum

    @Sparker…you sound sweet

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign LA Huey… Trololol.

  • JimToon

    Daaaamn. Lebron just basically punked KG and his entire family there. Wow… KG had no idea what to do in response. lol

    Ahh..the aging star…realizing he is never going to be in the NBA Finals ever again…poor Kevin. Such a humble player ;-)

  • Dre Baller

    “Don’t reach, old blood”

  • CDaTyrant

    KG-”I GOT ONE MORE IN ME YOUNGIN!” LeBron-(Laughs cheerfully)

  • everything

    classic “come at me bro”

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    It’s times like these that make it hard for me to be a Celtics fan. I want to badly for our guys to be able to shut Lebron up, but with PP hurt (thanks a lot Josh Smith), Allen hobbled, Bradley out and no bench to speak of, we just don’t have enough to get us there. I’m just hoping whoever wins out West keeps the streak of rings won without Lebron James going.

  • Yesse

    This was badass.

  • R32

    jNuggz – KG got punkd, deal with it. Lebron in his ear, yelling “yeaahhh”, ball stretched out across his body and he literally doesn’t do anything. This is the same guy that won’t even let you finish a shot after the whistle…

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    @R32 neither does Dwight Howard…

  • Zydrunas Illgauskas

    KG=1 Ring LeBron=0…

    so, shut the f*** up!!!

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Robert Horry= 7 rings.

  • Lloyd

    The same guys saying that KG got punked are the same guy’s saying that Lebron is a man because he can’t make eye contact with KG since that would be grounds for a tech. What do you want KG to do exactly? KG stoically stood his ground while Lebron was trying to get him to react. Lebron is the one who keeps looking at KG out of the corner of his eye to see if he’s annoying him or not like some little brother. I don’t see how this is KG getting punked…just a little kid trying to play mind games on the King of mind games.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Catch the tech; it’s worth it. If you can’t look at a man’s face and yell ‘yeah’… then there’s no point in doing it. All this hub-bub for a corny moment.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Bet he regrets this BS now huh? You don’t taunt your opponent in game 1, it just makes you look like a fool.

  • Sam Skei

    Paul Pierce & Boston show us why you called “the Truth”, go out there and kick Miami butt!!!!!!!Peace out, all the way, from Cape Town, South Africa.

  • chucknorris

    LeBron=1 Ring KG=1 -_-

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