Ever since their almost-legendary first round series in 2009, the rivalry betwixt the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls has enjoyed a renewed fervor. Both teams are good defensively, play physically and have players who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Chief among those talkative tall guys are the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett and the Bulls’ Joakim Noah.

Both of these dudes are the emotional leaders of their team and the cornerstones of the defensive philosophies that guide the squads. And, as we know, they’ve both been known to yell their heads off, on occasion. Naturally, they’re going to clash, and if Noah’s recent comments on an ESPN Chicago radio show are any indication, that won’t stop any time soon.

“Kevin Garnett will not — will not — get a Christmas gift from me,” Noah said with a tinge of humor Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I don’t like him.” [...]

“He’s a very mean guy,” Noah said Wednesday. “Where’s the love? None at all. Ugly, too.”

Noah said what makes the relationship difficult is how big a fan he was of Garnett before entering the NBA in 2007.

“I had his poster in my room,” Noah said. “I used to wear his jersey. And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and he kind of shut me down.

“And he was very mean to me my rookie year. 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.”

This is why Joakim Noah is so well-liked in Chicago. Not only will he go on record as saying he doesn’t like a guy that a lot of Bulls fans don’t like, he’ll also say little things like “Ugly, too” and “Be sweet.” He’s a character, for sure.

He’s also, I’m sure, going to catch some flack for this. He’s slamming a legendary guy for being mean on a basketball court. That’s not going to go over too well, even if it’s true. Kevin Garnett does seem like bully on the floor, but no one wants to hear another player saying that. Not to mention, when it comes to ugly NBA players, Joakim Noah is at the top of a lot of lists, even if some girls love his bonky hair.

That being said, Noah was on a Chicago radio station talking to Bulls fans. He knows they’re going to love hearing him say this. Plus, from where I’m sitting, one grown man calling another ugly and mean is hilarious.