Semih Erden took poor angles last night when showing on pick-and-rolls, Kevin Garnett thought. Erden and Luke Harangody still need to improve their defensive technique, Garnett knows. So Garnett, being Kevin Garnett, took matters into his own hands. He morphed into Coach KG. (ESPN Boston)
“He helps the ones he likes,” said Rivers. “That’s true. 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, he’ll never speak to him again. Literally, not speak to them. That’s happened a couple of times and it’s been good for that guy. Now, the two guys that he did get 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, you’re probably messed up.
“That’s Kevin. When you talk about the ‘Celtics Way,’ you might as well just say Kevin Garnett. And then you’re pretty much there. Everything he does and says is for the team.”
Garnett is a win-driven psychotic, in the best way possible. When someone doesn’t listen to him, even if it’s just once, Garnett will never speak to him again. Ever. That’s just the way it is. If you aren’t willing to take KG’s advice, you aren’t completely committed to winning. And if you aren’t completely committed to winning, you’re dead to Garnett. That’s all there is to it. Have fun at your next job.
By the way, I’d be willing to bet my life that one of the teammates Garnett stopped speaking to was Patrick O’Bryant.