Flip Saunders had some fantastic quotes the other night after the Celtics-Wizards game. He talked about how his team pissed down its own leg, ripped his team’s newfound best player (Andray Blatche), and basically sounded off like Stan Van Gundy Light.
He also had one more great quote, about what not to do against Kevin Garnett or other wound-up, insane, hyper-competitive superstars. (Washington Post)
“We talked, screamed, talked, did a little bit of everything,” Saunders said. “His argument was, ‘I’m not going to let anyone talked like that.’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand one of the keys at this level is understanding your opponent. Understanding what they try to do and as much as anything, this game becomes mental.’
“That’s what Garnett does, he talks. He’s talked for his whole career,” he said. “He tries to get into people. He gets more frustrated with guys like Tim Duncan that don’t talk back. Guys that talk back, he feels like he’s getting through to him and it kind of motivates him, gets his juices kind of flowing. One thing you don’t want to do with a guy with a high motor, a high-energy guy like Garnett. You don’t want to force them to go to the next level.”
With Saunders’ advice in hand, I think I would fare very well against KG. I’d let him scream my ear off, kiss my cheek, insult my mother, and do and say whatever. I’d simply sit quietly until he imploded, then I’d stroll in for a layup as Rasheed Wallace undoubtedly would forget to rotate and help KG out.
Perfect plan? Yup, I’d say so.