Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 12:58 pm  |  35 responses

Gasol: Garnett Not as Explosive, Aggressive

The Big Ticket handled the criticism well in the media, though he might have some words for Gasol on the court tomorrow: “Gasol said Garnett isn’t the player he used to be. ‘He’s also lost some explosiveness,’ Gasol said. ‘He’s more of a jump-shooter now, you could say, comes off the lane. Before, he had a really, really quick first step and he was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive then.’ Gasol added that even though time has passed, Garnett is still a ‘terrific player, a terrific competitor.’ Garnett didn’t seem to take offense, but said he had ‘no comments for his comments.’”

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  • Wat Misaka

    True, but his elbows seem to be sharper than they were in the past.b

  • barnabusb

    I just saw that clip of Garnett dropping hammer elbows on Dwight’s forearms during the Orlando series at the start of game 1. I didn’t see it when it actually happened and was pretty shocked at the reply. Dwight should have knocked his ass out. KG sucks.

  • barnabusb

    Here’s the clip. What was KG thinking? You obviously can’t intentionally SMASH a guy’s arms with your elbow.


  • Yesse

    Well, it’s easy for Gasol to say since he was the one guarding him in 2008 finals and now. So he can say it almost as good as Garnett.

  • jay c


    splain me this: why was d howard fondling KG’s love handles repeatedly then?

  • Dubli

    That wasn’t smart move on Gasol’s part. You just don’t say things like that to the media on any future HOF. These words might have just taken out the oldness out of KG.

  • ripslam

    Um, Ticket is gonna breath fire on Gasol next game.

  • barnabusb

    @jay c: Dwight had a hand on KG’s waist, just like Rashard Lewish had a hand on his behind him. Guys do that all the time in the league on inbounds plays and when they’re setting up for positions. So far KG has been the only player I’ve ever seen swing like an axe on the defender’s arms.

  • nastierthanu

    Cats been in the leagu a minute. What does anyone expect. Kg will hit more jumpers next game and that’s about it maybe a tech.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    I’m kinda surprised that came outta Pau. I’m not a big fan of yapping too much, cuz great players like KG tend to use this sort of thing to get fired up. But there’s a few reasons why I don’t mind this time. Coming off a bad game and a loss in the finals, KG already has all the motivation he needs, so I don’t really think those comments do much more than act as a reminder that Pau was better. And as long as Pau can back it up, then I think that just puts more pressure on KG. If LA & Pau continue to out physical Boston I think they should be confidentnd and try to intimidate them in any way they can. F*ck playing nice, this is Lakers celtics. Bring it on.

  • underdog

    It wasn’t a smart thing to motivate KG, with this.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I’m pretty sure Pau was baited into saying this…..

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep


  • http://Yahoo ShanShan

    I like the comments from Pau. He wasn’t being disrespecful to KG, jus telling it like it is. We all know KG isn’t what he was in ’08.

  • doyouwantmore

    Kevin Garnett literally does things on a nightly basis that are illegal in mixed-martial-arts competition. Kobe’s elbow-to-the-nose follow throughs aren’t much better but at least the UFC allows that. All I can say is Magic vs. Suns would have been so fun to watch, compared to this.

  • Remo Williams

    his comments are being made to look as if he was attacking him… not the case

  • topo

    he probably wants garnett to get fired up!, he wants a challenge

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    It’s funny how some people are saying this will “motivate,” “fire up,” or “awaken” KG. It’s the finals, like that’s not motivation enough?! That’s the difference between these teams; Kobe and company came into the season on a mission to win it all. If it takes these comments to get KG in the right mode, it’s already too late for Boston.

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    Damn My man Nick Anderson once said that MJ 45 was not the same explosive feared MJ 23 after a game one win. Next Game MJ came out with the 23 on his back dropped 38 for a win and proceeded to the I run the world campaign to three more titles (after they lost to the Magic that Season of course).
    ^Now was my man Nick Wrong, No. No one feared 45, but he shouldnt have said any thing. the jordan empire wouldve crumbled, no reapeat three peat and lil kids who had never seen him play would not be riding his jock for some ugly *** kicks.

    KG gonna be breathing fire tomorrow

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    No he won’t ENDS. KG is not MJ, and Kobe is already breathing fire. Celts don’t have a chance.

  • Double J

    I love how J DIZZLE just killed ENDS right there

  • BostonBaller

    @barnabusb: The hammers you speak of were dumb by Garnett but it was Howard who instigated them. He wasn’t just checking KG he was needling him with his fingers and trying to play mind games. KG hammered him and when Howard did it again so did KG right in front of the ref. He was in the open and Howard was being sneaky. I believe KG was sending his own message to The Magic. The same thing when Barnes was “pretending” to calm the situation by constantly putting his hands on a Celtic pushing him away from the action. It wasn’t needed or wanted. He tried to make it seem innocent all the while trying to bait the Celtic into something. Again I say the KG hammers were dumb UNLESS he was sending a message/making a point.

  • BostonBaller

    Double J, ENDS is not dead…Fans and media are the ones saying the comments will motivate, ignite etc etc KG but KG himself simple said he is gonna do what he is gonna do therefore by the calculations of JDizzle I’d say The C’s have more than a chance. Yes, The Lakers came into the season on a mission but so did The Celtics, so there is no difference in the teams as far as that is concerned Mr. Dizzle. On another level we all can assume that Gasol was simply answering a question and probably should have just given a short answer. We all know has slowed down due to age and injury (more so from the latter) but he is still dangerous.

  • barnabusb

    @BostonBaller: I posted the link up above that was just approved, so watch the video if you haven’t seen it in a while. Howard is just putting his hand on KG’s side. Maybe there’s some “needling” the first time (which I doubt because it doesn’t really look like it) but there’s absolutely zero “needling” the second time because Howard’s palm is just resting flat on KG’s side. It’s just a douche move, plain and simple. You don’t axe-handle smash on a guy in the NBA. The only point he was proving was that he’s old, crazy, and a douche who can dish it out but can’t take it.

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Again, “fans and media will motivate, ignite…” It’s too late to get motivated. If he’s just getting motivated for the chance at another title before game 2 of the finals, they don’t have a chance in a 7 game series. It’s not all on his shoulders, but it seems like the whole team is on the same page. They had high expectations at the beginning of the season, no doubt. Just not as high as Kobe’s.

  • BostonBaller

    @bamabush..the needling is not the point, howard trying to get in KG’s head was the point and KG sending a message was another point (however foolish it might have been) Needling was necessarily about fingers digging it was more about antagonizing and if you watch the games like I do (away from the ball stuff) you’ll see Howard doing little things while peeking for the ref (a lot do the same thing) Howard had been very aggressive, (borderline “dirty all series) and I think KG was setting a tone of his own for that game. (again, however dumb it may have been) Yes the second Howard “hand check” may have been flat but you can clearly see that Howard looks at the ref to make sure he was looking and then hand checked again (legal) he was hoping KG would do it again and when he did he started clapping like he was at bday party. I would much rather he didn’t do it but I’d hate for my players to be sneaky doing things all the time b/c they may get are for doing sneaky things and that will eventually backfire . Be a man if you are going to be aggressive like when Parish chopped down Laimbeer in plain sight and stood over him. It was wrong to do it but it stopped Laimbeer from doing those sneaky behind the refs back dirty tricks against Parish.

  • BostonBaller

    Who says KG isn’t motivated? He had a bad game and didn’t seem like himself but that doesn’t mean lack of motivation. During the loses to The Suns when Kobe didn’t seem to have it each game i simple said he had an off night but I never said he wasn’t motivated. If both teams came into the season expecting to win the chip (we all can agree on that) then both really want it. Expecting to win it all and having high expectations are 2 different thing all together. The Hawks had high expectations…Prime example of someone getting motivated AFTER the playoffs start…Sheed. lol. He is a different breed though..gotta get ready for church…have fun tonight folks!!! GREEN for 18

  • Krisjanis

    KG is such a f**king p**sy. and he really has something wrong with his head. Hate him even more after that incident with D12

  • BostonBaller

    @krisjanis..So do you like Howard? What if KG had done half the things Howard did in that series, would they have been dirty, flagrant, punk fouls in your mind? On those take down fouls, elbows and accidental arm drops would you not be screaming bloody murder if it were KG doing it and not the perceived good guy Howard? hhhmmm, makes you think right..not you but others….BTW Shaq got Superman status by his “body of work” Not b/c of a dunk contest in which he didn’t actually dunk the ball as much as throw it in b/c he couldn’t dunk it. I’m just saying..and i like D12

  • http://twincityslim@yahoo.com Jahi

    KG may have lost a step, but he is still a step faster than Pau Gasol. This could backfire on LA. One of my biggest Critiques of KG all season has been his timidity, not his age. Since his last surgery, KG plays with an over awareness of his last knee injury. Grant Hill did the same thing back in Orlando, but got over and started to ball with wreckless abandon, lengthening his career by a few years.

    I’m glad Gasol called him out, as this will make for a more interesting series. Someone should have called Rando out for playing at half-speed last game. I think the Celtics should start Wallace, Garnet, Pierce, Allen, and Rondo and try a zone set like Phoenix in the last series.

    I believe the Celtics will win this series in 7 games.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @ J Dizzle: when people say that this will give KG extra motivation, we’re not suggesting that he’s not motivated already; just that this gives him something extra. look at all the times Jordan abused his opponent after they made silly comments about him (the Stackhouse game, the Van Gundy game, George Karl game, LaBradford Smith game…). doesn’t mean Michael wasn’t motivated already–of course he was, he’s one of the most competitive players ever–but it just gives him something extra. that’s what people are saying about KG. Oh, and @Jahi: no way the C’s are about to switch to the zone. i mean, they already play a kind of roming, zone-esque defense, but a full on zone like the suns played? not a chance. the celtics have a very carefully designed defensive system that has pretty much helped them kick ass throughout the playoffs, and i’d be surprised if they changed it after one bad game.

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  • barnabusb

    @BostonBlueBalls: Okay, we get it — you’re a Celtics fan and KG was just once again showing his fire and intensity, setting the tone like the tough guy he is.

  • james

    Hey I give Laimbeer credit for not retaliating on Parish.( as he did when he laid our Brad Daugherty, and getting blows in with Barkley ) Cheap shots or not ( Parish swung his bows with the best of them )Laimbeer did not deserve to be slapped from behind. Parish should have punched him face to face.

    And Laimbeer got the last laugh, as the Pistons would beat the Celtics after that year time and time again in the playoffs.

  • BostonBaller

    @bamabusb..you missed the point all together, it’s not about being a Celtics fan it’s about being a fan of hoops in general. I’ll be the 1st to critic “my” team as I root for them and I’ll give props to other teams/players just as quick. Sarcasm aside I never said he was just showing his intensity etc etc…I said it was dumb but I thought I understood his “reasoning”. Side note: Sarcasm only stings when there is some truth in it. ( do like your name though…if it’s connected to The Crimson Tide)