Once upon a time, Joakim Noah idolized Kevin Garnett. He had Garnett’s poster in his room. He wore Garnett’s jersey. At the time Noah made it to the NBA himself, he admired Garnett. And then, well, he met KG.
“He was very mean to me my rookie year,” Noah said in an interview with ESPN 1000. And he’s only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don’t know why, but that’s who he doesn’t like. He’s not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c’mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet.”
Noah says KG is only mean to young guys and Europeans, yet KG’s jawing led Noah to pick up a technical foul when the two team’s last met. Maybe Noah considers himself European because his parents are both from there.
Also, sweet is one thing that has never been used to describe Garnett’s on-court demeanor. But Noah’s comments are still in stark contrast to Shaq’s description of KG in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. Shaq called KG the funniest player in the NBA. He also called KG “real” and referred to him as a character.
I’ve got a feeling Garnett’s just the type of player you hate until he’s on your team. He does anything he can do on the court to get under an opponent’s skin, but once he’s in your locker room the funny side comes out. Not that Garnett’s rumored humor makes him any more loved by Noah.
“Kevin Garnett will not — will not — get a Christmas gift from me,” Noah said. “I don’t like him.”
“He’s a very mean guy,” Noah continued. “Where’s the love? None at all. Ugly, too.”
I’m not sure, but did Joakim Noah just call somebody ugly? I guess I’ll end this post on that note.