Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Kevin Garnett Motivated By People Calling Him ‘Old’

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Kevin Garnett isn’t the player he used to be. Even he, begrudgingly, acknowledges this much.

But just because he’s not the same demonic force on both ends of the court, doesn’t mean KG is any less driven to win these days.

Garnett scored 23 points and snatched down 10 boards in a Boston Celtics win over the Utah Jazz last night, and afterwards, he told the media what motivates him — their criticism and jokes about his age.

From WEEI:

Rarely do we get a glimpse into KG’s consciousness, so when we do it’s best to savor it completely. Here goes. “I’m motivated, you know? I hear y’all calling me old. I hear y’all calling me older, weathered. It don’t take really much to motivate me, man. I’m older in basketball years, but in life I’m 30-something. I’m looking at your gray hair, no hair, half hair, beautiful hair, wet hair. I’m just motivated. I like to use that word.

“It doesn’t take much to motivate me, man. I don’t watch too many of you guys’ interviews — garbage — but the ones I do catch, it’s an opinion and it is what it is, but it puts a spark under me, and I like that. Playing against younger talent that’s supposed to be prolific and supposed to be above average, but I’m old, though, you know? Like I said, again, for the third time, it doesn’t take much to motivate me. That’s what it is. That’s what you see.”

KG may no longer be an All-Star caliber player, but his squad appreciates what he’s been able to do this season, especially when playing a new position.

Kevin Garnett clearly does not like it, but for the good of the team, Boston Celtics fans and media would be wise to call him an old man as often as possible going forward.

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    lol but ur mad old

  • Yann Blavec

    KG doesn’t play center and neither does Timmy. Duncan isn’t the best pf of all time since he plays 5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    At this point KG’s athleticism is a pure crap shoot. Sometimes he’ll jump and make it to the rim, other times he looks like he can barely grab the net.

  • abaci

    It has to feel odd to have 60 year old sports writers pointing out that you at 35, are over the hill.

  • smoove

    you guys are reaching, im a celtic fan and i watched literally all the games, KG started season slow, not being able to perform up to expections, then the last month and half he has been on fire averaging a double double in the last 10 or so games, yea hes old as dust, but hes ballin also.

  • thetalkingcomb

    As Shaq once said to people who called him old, “Any other observations, genius?” Truth.

  • DerekG

    I’m not a KG fan but respect this dude! He can play and many of these young cats that can run and jump can’t play half as well as this dude!

  • Heals

    @smoove, yup, yup. Steve probably hasn’t seen Ticket play the past couple months if that’s his assessment. If only all our relatives responded (profanity included) like G when called old…

  • RunNGun

    Big Ticket back to Minny. Make it happen, Ainge!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Top 5 PF of all time…much respect.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “I don’t watch too many of you guys’ interviews–garbage–…” classic

  • McWill

    Please tell me yal saw that interview when he told Craig Sager to burn his suits lmao

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Old people are motivated by people calling them Kevin.

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

    I loved watching him go at it will Al Jefferson last night. KG will alwasy be my favorite player.

    McWill that interview is classic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai



    Yeah that’s what happens when you’ve been in the league for years, you’re supposed to be more experienced than new players coming into the league.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    I woulda called him ugly first

  • Swish

    KG can still bring it on most nights…i just really think he has bought into that role of the defensive leader and heart…but his turnaround jumper stilll money…his 18ft. jumper s money…he’ll smash it here and there but at 35 he is getting the job done and no one can deny that.

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com yada

    yo i was watching a celtic game last week and im thinking to myself yea KG is old but man when he is on and scoring its STILL maybe only 2 to 3 big guys in the league that can make these moves. hell blake griffin cant post up 1-2 jump hook. then kg came down face up spin move fade left bucket. came down again off the pick and pop bucket. then the patent KG shimmy and fade to the to the far right side for a bucket. i think the celtics moving him to center helps ALOT but mann aint that many good scoring big men in the league

  • ClydeSays

    KG was giving it to Big Al last night & Al was giving it right back. Hilarious.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “I get motivated when I call other people cancer patients.”

  • bike

    Actually, guys like KG are demigods. To still be able to play at a pretty high level at 35 and considering he never had a major injury setback in 17 years of league play is nothing short of superhuman. And he still has that spunky trashtalking attitude to boot.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Um, he had a major injury in 2009. That’s why the Lakers got a ring that year and the next year when he was hobbled…
    Yeah, I said it.

  • Shifty

    If you think about he would be IMO a top 5 centre in the league. KG one of my fav players dude can still bang with the young guns at 35. One f the best power forwards of all time. Hope he keeps carving up

  • smoove

    @heals …Yessir!

  • Heals

    and every C’s fan just smiled Allenp…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lakers fans are smiling just a little bit more though :)

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    What is the nba going to be without kg? Damn

  • Mooney10

    the man has been in the league since 95′, name me another player that cna get a double double every night and has played as much as him. He can still be dominant, but that’s not his role. His athleticism is gone, but his effort and court savy are as godd as ever, he is one of the best all time, no question.