I really don’t feel like discussing “Kevin Garnett, tough guy or fake tough guy” again (you can read my thoughts on that matter here) but Charles Oakley made some bold comments regarding Garnett that probably deserve mentioning. (Larry Brown Sports)
“Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports Talk Network shared with us. “He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy.”
Forget for a little while that Oakley calls a former NBA MVP a complimentary player. Oak needs to read Jay Bilas’ article on toughness, redefine his concept of toughness in basketball, and note that Garnett can be tough on the court even if all his primal barks don’t normally come equipped with matching bites.
Fighting does not equate to basketball toughness, and if it did D.J. Mbenga — who has a black belt in judo — would be the toughest hooper of all time.