Kevin Garnett Ended Beef With Andray Blatche

by July 12, 2013

There’s a nasty history between new Brooklyn Nets teammates Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett. (KG once nearly made Andray Blatche cry.) However, Garnett randomly extended an olive branch last season and squashed the beef. Per the NY Daily News: “Garnett, for instance, told a reporter that Blatche had no heart, relaying that message through sign language. Blatche once called Garnett, ‘Washed up,’ among other things during a 2010 game between the Celtics and Washington. The former Wizards forward then fought back tears while recounting the exchange to the Washington Post. But Garnett had a change of heart, for some reason. Now they’re teammates in Brooklyn. ‘I can say Kevin, he surprised me,’ Blatche said. ‘We were playing one game against each other, I believe it was last year, in Brooklyn. I was playing against him and he said, ‘Hey man, just keep your head up and keep fighting. When he said that, it caught me off-guard, because me and him have our history, and I said, ‘All right, I guess we’re cool now. ‘I took that in, and ever since then I know everything is over with.’ […] ‘There are a lot of things off the court I can learn from Kevin Garnett,’ said Blatche, who, even after all the insults, accepted Garnett’s support last season. ‘I’m really excited to have the chance to play with him and learn from him from one of the best.’ Blatche officially re-signed with the Nets on Thursday, becoming a vital frontcourt backup considering Garnett’s age (37) and Brook Lopez’s foot (he recently underwent a third surgery). The Nets understand Garnett can’t deal with starter’s minutes in the regular season, so they’ll lean on Blatche as the first or second player off the bench, depending on where Jason Terry falls in the rotation. ‘(Coach Jason Kidd) stressed to me that the minutes were going to be there, so don’t get discouraged about Kevin Garnett being here,’ Blatche said. ‘He said that the minutes are going to be there.'”