As we all know, Kevin Garnett is constantly trying to fight all of his opponents on the basketball court at the same time. Or, at least, he’s trying to convince those opponents that he wants to fight them, which in turn will make them want to fight him, which in turn will make them less focused on playing basketball. Basically, Garnett’s doing what he can to make the other team uncomfortable at all times. If that involves seeming like he’s on the verge of punchasizing some faces, then so be it.

Last night in Utah was no different as Garnett and Jazz big man Al Jefferson had a disagreement with regards to where Garnett should be putting his face. KG thought his face belonged on Jefferson’s ear, Jefferson disagreed. Pushing happened. Tempers flared. Bingo bango, double technical. Fire snuffed. All’s well.

Well, not really. Here’s Jefferson postgame, from the Boston Globe:

“I don’t even want to talk about him, to be honest,’’ Jefferson. “I was just out there playing my game.’’

But he then added that he felt disrespected.

“It’s a lot of things I can tolerate. I’ve been in this league long enough to know that he’s going to talk. He likes to hear himself talk. But he’s not going to touch me on a point like, ‘I’m going to punk you.’ You’re not going to do that to me. I’m a cool cat, and I don’t bother nobody. But he’s not going to touch me, and that’s just the bottom line.’’

“Honestly, Kevin don’t bother me as far as his talking,’’ Jefferson said. “Everybody can go off and talk and yap at the mouth, but I’m not going to tolerate no one touching on me and pushing me. He just pushed me like I’m a coward, and I’m not a coward. Never have been.”

Just to review, Al Jefferson is a cool cat but is not a coward. Remember that, just in case anyone ever asks you which one he is. The answer is cool cat. Always has been, always will be.

And that’s the funny thing. You know Kevin Garnett is annoying when a self-professed cool cat — obviously one of the best kinds of cats that a human can be — gets unnerved by his antics. (Antics, mind you, that started with Garnett pulling the chair on Jefferson in the post, a maneuver that is equal parts savvy and dastardly.) If cool cats are getting their whiskers twisted, then you know the chihuahua has done his job. Animal zings.

But really, this is Kevin Garnett’s game — being the most annoying person on Earth for 48 minutes a night while simultaneously making it seem like he wants to cave your skull in with his fist even though he wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight. You have to wonder how the same old shtick has been so effective all these years. You’d think that eventually the opposing players in the league would just wise up and ignore him, for their own benefit.

Then again, cats and dogs living together peacefully would be mass hysteria. Trust me, you don’t want to cross Mother Nature. She’s a fickle mistress.

Comments (16)

  1. Excellent Jay-Z reference. That really is KG in a nutshell: “You know the type: Loud as a motorbike, but wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight.”

  2. I have to refrain from saying this every day, but Trey Kerby, you are hilarious. Your posts and your contributions on the overdose always lead to rofl. tx!

  3. WHEN IS THE TBJ DAILY SHOW BACK ON THE AIR?!?!?!

  4. @ david b.

    seriously. did you guys get cancelled?

  5. @ david b and beno and THE WHOLE JONES NATION

    seriously, we’re dying here

  6. i don’t say “Jones Nation.” That’s how dire the situation is.

  7. they’re coming back from vacation on march 2nd i think. read the blog it’s in some post from the allstar game.
    and yeah, trey kerby is obviously a pretty cool cat himself. i’d go as far as saying he’s a funny cat, but i’m unsure if being funny is something you would attribute to a cat.

  8. Note that Jefferson got the ball in the post after getting so worked up like that against KG……and turned it over because he got called for traveling. Again, KG’s mental game (though it doesn’t work all the time) is effective against a lot of guys. The quotes afterwards about feeling disrespected or needing to be respected as a man. Or in this case “I’m no coward”…..telltale signs that these guys can’t handle the mental game.

  9. Also, TBJ fix starts again tomorrow. They had that posted up before their vacation. I can only hope that they’ll talk about Perk….kills me that they’re on vacation when that trade happened….they’d be talking about him for whole minutes at a time.

  10. I agree with Nick L.

    Everyone is stating that this has “always been K.G.” since he got into the league. So why didn’t we get all this “I hate K.G.” stuff when he was losing in Minn? Now that he’s a winner, everyone is pissed and they spend 15-20mins recapping word for word everything that K.G. said to them in a game and that “it did not bother them”. Obviously, it did.

  11. I really would like to see some young stud- i’m thinking Blake Griffin here- dunk KG into an early retirement. Like, a direct, KG-contested throwdown so massive and thunderous that it shatters both his knees and his very consciousness. Either that or watch somebody finally lose their cool and beat the tobacco juice out of him on national television (i’m now thinking Kenyon Martin or, in the best of all possible worlds, Dwight Howard.)

  12. SFII:

    It’s only natural that his trashtalking/yapping would have been less of an issue in his younger days.

    1.) He was losing in Minny. Tough to talk much trash when you’re losing. You just don’t have occasion to do so. He was still incredibly intense, but it manifested itself more in early-playoff-exit tears than in any serious smacktalk.

    2.) Now that he’s old, he’s liable to overcompensate for dropoff in his game with words and mindgames. No shame in it. The same can be said for Kobe or even MJ.

    3.) He feels that he occupies more of a “leadership” position now, and unfortunately interprets that as a liscence to run his mouth constantly in both games and practices.

  13. Confirmed. Those guys are back tomorrow. Not sure if that means they’ll be doing the show right away, but it’ll be soon.

  14. The Jay-Z line makes no sense considering KG has been documented for punching teammates and during pickup games. Its seems as they he has the control to minimize the physical violence when a suspension is a possibility, which is smart. People just put u in a position where u can’t win, what if he were to punch out someone in a game? Would you respect him more? I mean when was the last time serious fight even happened in the NBA, DEN @ NYK? that was like 5 years ago.

  15. Martin:

    I think what SFII was saying is that KG has always trashtalked like this, but it didn’t become such an issue with media and fans until he was in a bigger market with a winning team. I agree.

    You’re points are incorrect because he has ALWAYS talked trash like this. He’s a dick on the court, always has been. Our point is that there’s a reason for it.

    I believe that you have him as much as you say. Trust me, if he played for your team, you’d love him.

  16. “have” should be “hate” at the bottom.

    Also, we need a show tomorrow guys. We’re all literally dying here.

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