Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  94 responses

Kevin Garnett Fires Back at LeBron James: Mind Your Business

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

It may just be the preseason, and some of the characters are in strange, new uniforms, but the rivalry between LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce rages on.

Both sides continue to lob verbal grenades toward one another — after being called out by LeBron and Wade for being hypocrites, KG and Pierce fired back.

Per the NY Post:

“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami,” Garnett said after the Nets beat the Heat 86-62 in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center Thursday night. “He has nothing to do with Celtic business.” As for Pierce, when the question was posed to him, he answered with one of his own: “I left Boston?”

“We’re trying to install that here,” Pierce said. “They’ve taken what we’ve tried to accomplish the last couple years in Boston. We’re here in Brooklyn now, and it’s the same type of attitude. They’re the champs, they’ve got what we want, and we have to go through them to get it. We’ve got to just help everybody understand that it’s not going to be easy, and we’ve got to win.”

Words were backed up with action on the court last night, even though it was a meaningless exhibition game. Kevin Garnett raked LeBron James across the face in the first quarter, and Paul Pierce laid into him with a hard foul on a fastbreak. One can only imagine what will take place once the regular season — and hopefully, Playoff — matchups between these two squads take place.

In an age of far too many buddy-buddy NBA relationships, it’s refreshing to watch a group of players that simply hate each other.

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  • Feez_22


    These teams need to meet in the playoffs.

    This is looking to be like an UP year for eastern conference basketball.

  • danpowers

    lebron is so going to tear these nets apart during the season and (possible) playoff games lol

    lebron isnt really in a position to call out others as “hypocrites” or “traitors” but mr. “i bleed green and deleted ray allen’s number for leaving the sinking ship” got obviously exposed as whatever he is being accused of.

  • OneStep

    I just wish someone would snap Garnett in half and get it over with. I seriously detest him.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    nah LeBron is going to have to work against the Nets this year. I see Wade being more of the killer just because of matchups.

  • danpowers

    he will find a way simply because he wants to. just wait for it.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    First off if anyone watched that game last night, that did not look like a sellout crowd from start to end with all the empty seats. Secondly, Lebron is getting in to these guys heads. He knows that they have their backs against the wall as far as their career and chances of winning a championship is concerned. I think he is setting the stage for the regular season. And lastly, the Brooklyn crowd is garbage. And as a Miami fan I know first hand because our home crowd is utter garbage. Hope they fix that up there. Only 11 more days until regular season. Can’t wait man!


    I like where this is going

  • Cortez Mack

    “In an age of far too many buddy-buddy NBA relationships, it’s refreshing to watch a group of players that simply hate each other.”

    Why? What is this weird psychological need to see personal conflict during sporting exhibitions?

  • pposse

    its been like that since the beginning of time.

  • danpowers

    “Why? What is this weird psychological need to see personal conflict during sporting exhibitions?”

    it offers a certain space for us into which we are able to project unsolved
    inner conflicts and make these conflects more torable for us by
    transforming these inner conflicts within this space.

    in other words: seeing these athletes beating the sh*t out of each other out there makes some of us feel better about ourselves lol

  • JD

    KG is dumb. Defending his teammate is worrying about Miami. Terrible comeback

  • Cortez Mack

    Yeah, that sounds about right.

    I do not care much about the soap opera aspect of sports. When Garnett told Anthony that his wife tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios, I thought it was funny in and of itself. It did not add anything to the games for me. Most of these “conflicts” are the equivalent of little girls arguing about who has the prettiest barrettes.

    I have had some of my most epic battles against my closest friends. Playing hard to the point that extreme fatigue is reached and, a few times, hospital visits were required from purely legal but accidental contact. There was no animosity before or after, other than the general feeling of not wanting to be hurt or worn out physically.

  • bike

    Most of this so called ‘hate’ is manufactured nonsense for the media. Maybe a true rivalry was beginning between the Celtics and Heat but where is it now? To think that because Garnett and Pierce are now with the Nets a fierce rivalry has suddenly developed with the Heat is a joke.

  • Sizzle

    Ah yes, At least Kevin Garnett has learned to express his feelings via the media and not getting down on all fours and barking like a dog like in years past. I think it’s hilarious that Garnett and Pierce (but more so Garnett) thinks he can speak noise about whoever and they can’t respond. Has always bothered me about him. It’s not your league anymore. We are in 2013.

  • Anthony

    Here enters the trio of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson….(which really is a “big three” themselves)….They will kill, I actually predict D. Will putting either Cole, Wade or Chalmers….sweet baby Jesus please, let it be CHALMERS…on skates in a game.

  • Anthony

    Its a return to the essence…you have to remember, the 1st sporting events that drew crowds were gladiator like kill or be killed events. A crazy analogy is The Purge…sports with physical contact are extremely populare due to fans vicariously living out and releasing their aggression by watching opponents go at it on the court or field. Knowing opponents eventually hug and say,”how ya momma doing” at the end of the game…is just….wack, and takes away from it all.

  • danpowers

    lol chalmes on skates, i love that one

  • Roger Rogers

    actually was defending himself too since they were both talked about. Reading Comprehension.

  • Castrovi

    This is utter ignorance….

  • danpowers

    i get your point. it really looks a little ludicrous in all of sports as the “hatred” often just looks like an artificial attempt to draw more attention. best example is boxing, all the talking and hostility before fights and then after the fight its all hugs, brotherly love and respect. i also dont really dig how people can get so hyped up about it.

    at times, in basketball rivalries, i enjoy the show tho. spices up the whole thing in the fashion of a soap opera. i cant watch soap operas, so maybe this kind of drama lets me catch up lol

    about your duels: i experienced the same “back then”. the most competitive and bloody competition often comes with the opponents we like the most.

  • John Bocanegra

    I like hearing about things like this, reminds me of a time when “rivalry” actually had some sort of disdain for another.

  • spit hot fiyah

    me too, hopefully a playoff match that goes the distance


    That would be awesome for the NBA and it’s Fans. Have the great teams with rising superstars and old warriors out west, and the beginning of great rivalries out east. This season is going to be awesome!

  • Slick Ric

    My boy KG, Nets going to the Finals this year.

  • AlbertBarr

    I think that the rivalry really is between Garnett and Pierce and LeBron though. When LeBron left the Cavs, the celtics didn’t continue to have a rivalry with them. It moved immediately to Miami. Same thing with KGP’s move to the Nets

  • Dfrance

    I think is the assumption that they’re not really playing as hard as they can against each other if they’re friends. I don’t agree with that logic, but I can understand it. There is always extra incentive to beat a guy when you don’t like him personally.

  • Dfrance

    Sold all the seats but not everyone showed? lol. I agree with you about the crowd in Brooklyn tho. I don’t know if its the acoustics of the arena, but its really quiet in there. Its like the crowd it too hip to cheer loud. And its dark too.

  • Shooting Guard

    Well, this certainly good for our entertainment, as for nets, prokhorov’s money won’t be enough to get them a trophy. By the time they start ‘clicking’, garnett’s knees will be too heavy, pierce will be on exit, derron will find someone new to blame etc..

  • Cortez Mack

    That is kind of my point.

    Why are we trying to return to “the essence” when the essence was horrible? When Rasheed Wallace (and others) used to reference being treated like slaves and being put on display like property, this is exactly the mindset he was referring to. And he was ridiculed and chastised for saying this, as if it was some far-fetched concept.

    I will go one step further. This is why a bunch of couch potatos, who have achieved relatively little in their lives athletically (or otherwise most likely) feel so comfortable and self righteous when criticizing Rose, or others, with regards to their injuries and their “obligation” to come back regardless if they have judged themselves ready to play.

    Expendable meat on display for our amusement.

  • keyon dooling

    all bark, no bite from KG. the jig was up and nothing was the same after he caught that Anthony Peeler elbow.

  • vanravan

    there is a difference between free agency and trade…..

  • Phil

    You mean like how his teammates waited six-and-a-half games during the Finals?

  • bball knowledge

    yup and this was just only pre-season:


  • lebron-mind your your business

    lebron aint winning sh.et this year. Last year was just lucky with ray’s 3. This year they’re going down. Fcuk the heat! Heat fans just bunch of bandwagons.

  • Busta213

    Lets not pretend KG didn’t have the option to veto any trade

  • Busta213

    Joe Johnson is not “big 3 ” caliber – dude plays big games like he doesn’t care at all. Maybe that’s why he is able to make some big shots, lol, but overall he doesn’t want “it” enough

  • Busta213

    JD meant Lebron was worrying about Miami because he was defending Ray – who is a teammate.

  • Busta213

    Cry some more

  • danpowers

    6 and a half? isnt that alittle exaggerated?

  • danpowers

    not really when a guy with a no-trade clause requests a trade lol

  • The Seed

    Example: Kevin Durant best friend Lebron finals before last.

  • Lloyd

    Emotion is a very big component to the entertainment value of the game. When Lebron dunks hard then screams into the crowd, his fans go wild. That’s also an emotional response as well as the “hatred” between these guys. Crowds feed off emotion. It also enhances the stakes of the game because there’s more pride on the line (it’s a lot harder losing to someone you don’t like).

    There’s more to the game than just the bouncing of the ball and the scoring of the baskets. These are human characters performing on a stage for our entertainment, because that’s what professional sports is. If you like watching mechanical basketball being played, watch NBA 2k14 videos.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    KG only waived the clause once he found out that Pierce was definitely being traded. He’s been the lone gun on a bad team before in Minnesota, and didn’t want to go through that again at 37.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    the Nets are talented all over the floor, but Deron Williams is the only player in their top 8 that has even average quickness.

    Defense will be a problem, especially for a team with quick wings like Miami.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    that’s the basis of competition. Players should want to win so bad that it manifests as disdain for their opponent.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    after 18 years of nobody trying, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Keep in mind that Oakley, Barkley, Ewing, Mutombo, Rodman, and Malone all were still in their athletic primes when KG started raising hell in the NBA.

    People can be put off by his way, but that can be said for a lot of players.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    the “sellout” thing is a marketing ploy that NBA teams have used for decades

    It’s technically a sellout when you only make a percentage of seats available, and sell an equal amount of tickets. When the Nets were in NJ, they were giving tickets away for free just to claim a sellout.

  • Cortez Mack

    Personal conflict is the basis of sports competition? I thought it was a test of your physical and mental abilities.

  • Cortez Mack

    Was friendship the issue or was Lebron being built like a tank (and being on the better team) while Durant is built like a dandelion the primary issue?

  • Cortez Mack

    I specifically referenced personal conflict, not “emotion” in general.

    The characters in 2k14 scream into the crowd all the time and that game sells like water in hell despite the lack of fighting and personal conflict in the game.

  • robb

    I like this, it’s gonna be fun

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    re-read my comment. I said more than that.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    a lot of the criticism towards Rose came because the Bulls refused to publicly acknowledge he was completely shut down until about 2 months ago. They knew he wasn’t going to play. He knew he wasn’t going to play. The fans saw him shooting and assumed he was 100%. They should have been more forthcoming with the media and the fans.

  • Lloyd

    The conflict is just the manifestation of the “hatred” (the emotion) that they have for each other. It makes the competition more entertaining.

    I was referring to the fact that 2K is just a mechanical simulation of basketball rather than human entertainment through basketball which the NBA is. The former is what you’re looking for if you want personality excluded.

  • grgeblck

    old man getting sour. sad to say as a KG fan. but hey KG, get pass a few other teams in the playoffs first, before you even face off with Lebron and Wade.

  • grgeblck

    haha so who r u cheering for this season?

  • Janet William

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  • Cortez Mack

    No you did not. You wrote 2 sentences. The second sentence was an elaboration on the first. Ii added nothing to your only assertion.

    Check it out…

    “What is this weird psychological need to see personal conflict during sporting exhibitions?”

    “that’s the basis of competition.”

  • Cortez Mack

    “They knew he wasn’t going to play.”

    Really? That contradicts the “leaks” that they were upset that he was not ready to play.

    “he fans saw him shooting and assumed he was 100%”

    The complaining “fans” are, in many respects, uninformed hyper emotional idiots who, in general, know next to nothing about pro level athletic performance and knew even less than that about Rose’s specific physical state and his ability to play to his satisfaction.

    “They should have been more forthcoming with the media and the fans.”

    What was the end goal of the team? What was the purpose of the conspiracy?

    Rose did not know when he would feel able to play so they reported Rose’s position on the matter. The fans were hurt because they though Rose owed them something by risking his body even though he did not feel ready to play. That is it.

  • bball knowledge

    ummm no.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    Rose knew he wasn’t coming back last year. Anybody who has suffered an ACL tear knows that you don’t get normal until 18-24 months.

    The “leaks” served the same purpose that they always do – pass the blame. That’s why they are leaked and not said outright.

    Those opinions of yours are kinda harsh homie. People were uninformed because they were forced to listen to the opinions of pundits. Those pundits are paid to say things that piss fans off. That doesn’t make fans hyper emotional idiots.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    ^politics. (exits stage left)

  • Busta213

    In the finals KD put up 30.6ppg and 6rpg and dude had 5 fouls in 3 out of 5 games….+ it was his first time in the finals. He wasn’t terrible
    But forget that….
    Do you REALLY think he would rather Bron won than the Thunder?

  • ATL dynamite

    His post fades are much much more refined, wow

  • Clos1881

    He was traded big difference he was gonna retire or play for the celtics then Danny ainge agreed to trade him and pierce and then kg agreed to waive his no trade clause due to pierce going with him big difference

  • Phil


  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lebron didn’t do anything illegal he explored his options which from a cavs fan perspective hurts but from an heat perspect is grea.

  • danpowers

    he promised that he would stay in cleveland until he would bring a championship. a man should be held accountable to his word, or just dont make promises he cant fulfill.

    the hatred and animosity didnt only base on the fact that he left. its all about HOW he left. that douche-bag vainy tv-special and the “not one not two not three” player introduction back then, jumping around on stage with bosh spice and wade like the f*cking back street boys really gave a lot of fuel to any hostility directed at him. there has never ever been a player that good and that famous lacking so much respect. that didnt come out of nowhere, regardless if this is right or wrong.

    everybody makes mistakes tho, i dont hve any understanding for guys who still hold that against him or base their hostility towards him on that. he did enough imo to prove that he matured.

  • danpowers

    i could post his stat line now or line out how other things than scoring also help teams win or that he was below his standards for some time but still good enough to be a champ, but honestly, it seems more appropriate to just call you a bitter idiot.

  • danpowers

    the difference aint that big. he wanted out, because he didnt cope with what the celtics had in mind. he didnt see a chance to win in bean town. so he packed his bags. that is legit. but not if you pretend as if you were loyal to the bone, bleed green, call out another guy who left for the same reasons and then quit just a season later. loyalty doesnt mean to stick to a thing while all is going well and then turn your back on it as soon as its not all smiles and cheers.

    it was legit imo for him to leave the celtics. but given his verbal jabs at allen this exposed him to be a hypocrite. still one hell of a player.

  • Dingo

    Agree wow, there is a big improvement no doubt. He gets a lot of distance from the defender and looks really balanced. Damn, lol at NBA defenders

  • Clos1881

    You clearly are a heat fan lol you’re making your own conclusions pierce clearly stated he wanted to retire a Celtic and your talking bout loyalty that’s all kg has shown through his career he didn’t demand a trade from the timberwolves and he didn’t demand a trade from Boston I’m not sure where you getting your info from but you’re are clearly confused

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Just like that Detroit series. It amazes people don’t accept lbj is all ready Top 5 greatest of all time regardless of rings. I’d take lbj over any sf in bistory

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Matchups if anything whose gonna guard young lebron

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    But how does his outside the hardwood actions matter. I just view the athlete as an object and don’t care about the human being. They aren’t moral philosophers or intellectuals plus I’m glad you agree it’s no point to care. It’s like this if you have classless chef who yells fights but makes a mean omelette will you care… No makavalian rules which many ppl unkowning subscribe to.

    Character morals ettiquettes humanity is loss

  • Evan Boland

    Oh yes.

  • Evan Boland

    It’s called be a MAN. Sports are becoming way too friendly.

  • Evan Boland

    Adrian Peterson.

  • Evan Boland

    Umm.. No. KG is one of the most loyal athletes I’ve ever seen. Lebron laughed his way out of his own hometown.

  • Evan Boland

    We shall see.

  • Evan Boland

    Matchups? Umm.. The nets have two old men two guard Lebron lol.

  • danpowers

    i dont like the heat, im a die hard knicks fan. i dislike the celtics and the heat in the same way, so i consider myself as a more or less objective observer. i dont expect celtics or nets fans to agree with my oppinion

  • danpowers

    “No. KG is one of the most loyal athletes I’ve ever seen”
    that doesnt mean much as the bar isnt really that high. the nba is pure business, thats all that is

  • danpowers

    was just stating the obvious, that wasnt intended to be insulting. chill tough guy ;)

  • danpowers

    “Character morals ettiquettes humanity is loss”

    i prefer the categorical imperative, makes more sense to me.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    He was the exception to the rule. We can’t compare every other ACL tear to the one guy who beat the odds.

  • Elliot

    I agree with there being extra incentive to beat a guy you don’t like but beating your friends can be just as rewarding, it can push people just as much or even more than playing you someone you dislike due to the fact you can be one up on your friends

  • chico604

    do u have dreams of lebron.. u luv him that much

  • danpowers

    i dont root for this guy at all. he is just the best player in the game by all standards, like it or not.

  • Cortez Mack

    Pass the blame for what exactly? According to you, EVERYONE (both Rose and the team officials) “knew” he was not playing. What was the end goal exactly? The tickets were already sold and according to you, the conventional wisdom is that he would not be able to play normally anyway.

    The pundits were reporting the fact that the Bulls medical staff said that they cleared him to play. A fact that does not mean what most people think it means.

    The negative backlash Rose received was not due to some (yet to be rationally explained) conspiracy to misreport his status. It was because a group of arm chair gladiators felt like he was not being a real man (while they continued to sit in the peanut gallery).

  • Dfrance

    Yeah it definitely goes both ways, it depends on your temperament.

  • Busta213

    Hey, he promised to bring a championship to Cleveland. He never said it was going to say there….. so maybe he brought the Heat trophy over to Cleveland for a visit! Mwahahaha

    Players hype up fans on fan appreciation night! I dont think its anything new, its just that everything dude says gets hyped up.

  • danpowers

    “so maybe he brought the Heat trophy over to Cleveland for a visit!”
    lol, good one!

    “Players hype up fans on fan appreciation night! I dont think its
    anything new, its just that everything dude says gets hyped up.”
    have you ever seen anything like what they did in 2011 before or afterwards?

  • Busta213

    Not like that, but theres an old clip of Pat Riley promising the Lakers more titles which gets played over and over on one of those NBA shows (for the playoffs maybe).
    From what I remember the Heat basically got rid of their ticket sales dept when they recruited Bosh and Bron – the event was designed to encourage season ticket sales – that’s not the arena to be subtle or humble!
    And remember who they are selling to – Heat fans don’t even show up on time for playoff games!