Kevin Garnett’s “grit and balls” comment will obviously (and rightfully) earn the headlines and glory. But lost in his marvelous three and a half minute interview was his response to Ivan Johnson, who earlier this series called Garnett a dirty player and the Celtics a whole bunch of “mess-talkers.”
I’ve taken the opportunity to translate Garnett’s words on Johnson.
“Talk is cheap, action is a lot.”
(Translation: “I’ve made 14 All-Star teams. I have an MVP trophy, a Defensive Player of the Year Award and an NBA title. What the hell has Ivan Johnson done in his career besides terrify women and young children who sit courtside and occasionally patronize Larry Drew?”)
“The young fella’s young. He don’t know his left from his right.”
(“Plus, did you see what happened when he tried to shoot a layup over me last night? Get that weak shit outta here.”)
“I don’t even address that. If it was Joe Johnson or Smoove (Josh Smith), it’d be different. I told him, ‘I’m not speaking to nobodies.’ I’m not addressing nobodies.”
(“Neither Joe Johnson or Josh Smith are stupid enough to give me even more motivation than I normally play with. But if they were, I’d most definitely call them nobodies too.”)