Listening to Kevin Garnett is Good for Your Career

by October 12, 2010

Celtics rookies would be wise to listen to KG, as his coach tells of former teammates who suffered as result of failing to do so. From the Boston Herald: “He helps the ones he likes,’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ‘Kevin’s great, and I won’t use names, but Kevin tries to help every big that comes in here. If that big doesn’t listen to him one time, then he’ll never listen to him again. Literally. And that has happened a couple of times, and it’s been good for that guy. Now those two guys he did that to are no longer here, and that may be one of the reasons. If you’re not going to listen to Kevin when he’s trying to help you, then you probably messed up. But that’s Kevin. You talk about the Celtic Way, then just say Kevin Garnett and you’re pretty much there, because everything he does and says is about the team. The thing about Semih is that he didn’t think Semih was showing, his angles were bad, and it was affecting the team, and that’s what this was about.’ To Rivers’ earlier point about past teammates who didn’t listen, a post-practice session between Garnett and former C’s center Patrick O’Bryant from two years ago still comes to mind. Garnett spent the entire time dunking over the blank-faced O’Bryant and shouting, ‘Do you feel me?’ O’Bryant, who played very little and is now out of the NBA, obviously didn’t feel Garnett.”