Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 12:05 pm  |  26 responses

Gregg Popovich Compared Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan to ‘Fine Wine’

There aren’t too many head-to-head matchups left between Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, so last night in Boston was a special treat. After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich appreciatively likened the two legendary bigs to one of his favorite beverages. From the Boston Herald: “Neither disappointed in last night’s 87-86 Celtics loss as Garnett had 16 points, five assists and seven rebounds, and Duncan scored 10 points with 16 boards and three blocked shots. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, an appreciator of fine big-man play, loves what he has seen out of Garnett. ‘He’s like Timmy — fine wine,’ said Popovich. ‘They know what they need to do, they’re intelligent people, they know what they do well, they know what possibly they don’t do as well as they used to, and they find new ways to do things. They both have high basketball IQs and you see them both having very good seasons.’ Popovich also dismisses the talk that Garnett is now better suited to center than power forward. ‘You can pigeonhole him if you want, but he’s Kevin,’ said the Spurs coach. ‘He does what he does.’ Last night was perhaps one of the last times the two could be seen playing against each other. ‘They’re so different in the way they play, but they are very similar in the way they approach the game,’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. ‘They’re as professional as we’ve seen for stars, maybe ever, at the same time. You rarely get two superstars at their level who are as coachable and as team-oriented as those two guys, and they do it completely different ways. Tim talks more than you think, but you don’t see it,” he said. “Kevin on the floor, you see all his stuff. Yet they still do it for the same reason.’”

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  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    gonna be a sad day when these two leave the league

  • Kadavour

    it’s 2004. who you got, Duncan or Garnett?

  • fizzbucket


  • abaci

    They are like the comedy and tragedy masks, except its more like stoic and screaming masks.

  • LA Huey

    It’s a shame Minny didn’t surround KG with better help. I feel like fans were cheated out of some epic KG-Duncan playoff series. Doesn’t matter if it’s 2004 or 2012, these guys are a real treat to watch.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I think I’m rolling with KG on that one Kadavour.

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

    @Kadavour I’m a KG stan so I gotta go with Garnett. I always feel like he could have been just as, if not more successful as Duncan had he had the same supporting casts. Over Duncans career he’s played with a hall of Fame center in Robinson 2 potential HOF’ers in Parker and Ginobili. Not to mention Horry, and an all world defender in Bowen. Garnett had past their primes Cassell and Spree and Wally SczerbwhfgheiACK. Wither way they’re both great players.

  • 23

    these are 2 true ballers. period.

  • ClayDefayette

    Let’s appreciate the great careers these two men have experienced. Today’s game for bigs is more about getting above the rim rather than doing every fundamental aspect below it.

  • Kadavour

    i think KG is often over looked because he didn’t have early success. After enjoying success with the likes of Avery Johnson, Mario Ellie and The Admiral followed by Manu and Tony, Duncan had a big head start on KG.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I’ll always take Tim Duncan. If KG is an 03 Silver Oak, TD is a 2001 Opus One.

  • Rainman

    Why? They havent gotten better as they’ve aged lol

  • Rasheedionics

    Power Forwards like KG and TD are dying breed. Just look at today’s NBA. Who’s the best Power Forward on the East? Can you even think of one? and on the West its probably Kevin Love. Yes, he’s an elite rebounder but he likes to shoot from outside. And Blake is just a dunker at this point.

  • http://www.empireonline.com/ Paul

    I’m going TD but It’s very, very close.

  • fizzbucket

    I’ll take KG in ’04.

  • VCsuxA$$

    Gotta go with Timmy D by a whisker…career numbers, ball IQ, heart, and leadership are all equal…just cause Duncan had a brilliant management team doesn’t mean his accomplishments are less worthy than KG’s…he was still the key piece to the whole puzzle and made it work…@dfrance – sure he had DRob, but by then, he was fading fast – with their 2nd chip, DRob played less than 24 mins/game in the playoffs…and Parker and Ginobili wouldn’t have had as easy of a transition as they had (i.e. no pressure to perform)…in ’04 KG had Cassell (who had a career-high PPG that year) and Spree (who still avg 16, 4, 4) who weren’t quite past their primes…who would you rather have had in ’04 reppin your team? TD, TP, MG? Or KG, SC, LS? I’m leaning towards the latter 3…

  • IamYOU

    I’ll take TIMMY ALL DAY! But then I loved the wolves back in the early 2000′s!

  • LP

    KG… he always look better because he did amazing with no help, but Duncan had the hardware…very close.

  • Wet

    I hate Kevin Garnett, would probably be a good person to have on your own team. But, he’s the dirtiest player in the league.

  • A Bulls Fan

    Sounds like a free agent pitch from Pop, KG to the Spurs?

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

    @VCsuxx Oh I in no way meant to diminish Duncan’s accomplishments by saying he had a better supporting cast, I readily admit most of my decision is based on my affinity for Garnett. lol. Its hard to compare them thoguh because like Pop saud, they play so differently. KG is so unselfish(to a fault at times) that maybe Parker and Ginobili would have blossomed sooner with his passing, who really knows at this point. But all your points are valid.
    I still don’t get this, “KG is a dirty player stuff.” Yeah, he’s a jerk on the court at times, but when has he ever intentionally tried to hurt someone? To me, that’s the definition of dirty. Bruce Bowen was dirty.

  • Shifty

    KG – “ANYTHING IS POSSSIIIIBBBBLLLLEEEEEE! I’m on top o the work ma!”

  • Shifty

    Sorry world not work. Predictive

  • Antonio

    Best PF in the history with Barkley and Malone, is a pleasure to continue enjoying these two dinosaurs, now in the NBA no one to play like them old school.
    It will be very sad when they retire, I still think they can play 2 years at least.
    I started to watch basketball with them, Iverson, KG, Duncan, Sheed, Allen, best generation.
    Now it’s all muscle.

  • shutup

    TD love me some KG but Duncan was just so smooth, I love how he’d kill people and just straight faced, After the game you couldn’t tell if the won or lost by looking at him. Cold-blooded killer. Not that KG wasn’t, just KG would be runnin a mile a minute.

  • Drig

    I love KG to death but Duncan it is……dude was like a machine tuned to perfection on many a night and was usually a headache for LAL. KG’s career makes me hate the Wolves. Absolutely hate them for not helping KG out enough. Remember the vid, guys?