Kevin Garnett is well-known as one of the most versatile, best defenders in the history of the NBA. He’s got a Defensive Player of the Year award to his name, as well as nine selections to the All-Defensive first team and another two for the second team. That’s an 11 selection out of 16 years average. Pretty smart, Nas.

Unfortunately, that defensive intensity doesn’t stop. Not even when he’s sitting in on negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement. From Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports:

This fight has grown nastier, more personal, in the past weeks. Privately, management insists that everything changed when the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett walked into the negotiating room on Oct. 4. The owners knew it wouldn’t go well when Garnett started glowering across the table, sources said, like the league lawyers, owners and officials were opponents at the center jump. He was defiant, determined and downright ornery. He was K.G. Everyone knew Hunter had to cede to the wishes of the stars, and the stars demanded that the players stop making concessions to the owners.

As one league official said, “We were making progress, until Garnett [expletive] everything up.”

Thanks, Kevin. Thanks for being all Kevin Garnett about everything always. Not sure that growling, scowling and angry eyes-ing everyone when people are talking BRI splits, amortization and mid-level exceptions is the best idea, but it is good to know that you are always true to yourself. It is important to have a strong sense of identity in today’s day and age.

Unfortunately, sometimes that plays out like a segment of “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.” I am not trying to tell anyone how to do their jobs or how to negotiate the documents that will govern the league in which they play for years after they have retired, but it seems to me that instensing a group of people who have been working together for quite some time — and it’s your first appearance at the meetings — is not a great idea. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a business law class, but I cannot remember that being a part of effective bargaining strategy. That’s probably why league officials think he “[expletive] everything up.”

Can you even imagine how distracting it must be to trade solutions to a complicated financial problem while some angry dude keeps smashing his head in to the conference table? Almost as impossible as trying to hear the other side’s ideas while Garnett is yelling at the top of his lungs that “A LOCKOUT RESOLUTION IS POSSSSIBLLLLLLEEEEEE!!!!!!!”

Comments (14)

  1. Is that opening paragraph a reference to One Mic or something? I don’t get it.

  2. “Takeover,” but close.

  3. No, it’s a reference to Jay-Z’s “The Takeover”, where he says that Nas has “..a one hot album every 10 year average”

  4. *sigh*

    I really, really, really hate this guy. I mean, I’ve kind of always thought KG was a chickenhawk, a fake-tough-guy and all-around dick, but this just takes it to a new level.

    Furthermore, it makes me lose respect for Billy Hunter. Bringing in Kobe, Pierce and *shudder* KEVIN F’ING GARNETT (for the first time) during a crucial moment in negotiation, in a blind, flailing attempt to garner some sort of last minute star-based leverage, showed a horrible lack of judgement.

  5. I can’t imagine the talks were going all that great in the first place if one guy “glowering across the table” could throw it all off track. Seems like a convenient scapegoat.

  6. This post was epic. First a reference a Blueprint track line, then tops it off with a Chappelle Show skit (who btw is the G.O.A.T comedian wise). Just epic. Thanks Trey

  7. @Colin- these types of negotiations are often like building a house of cards. Progress is made tenuously and carefully. The goal is to preserve the fragile accord long enough to get both parties to sign on a dotted line. One bull in a china shop can easily destroy days or weeks worth of progress. I don’t think Garnett is being used as a scapegoat any more than is deserved.

    However, KG is KG. The real fault lies on Billy Hunter, who should never have allowed KG, Kobe and Paul Pierce, none of whom have any real financial vulnerability related to the lockout, to shoehorn themselves into the negotiations at a crucial point. It was a desperate and bush-league move and it backfired.

  8. Love the article, and really enjoy your guys site. It’s amazing I somehow never really checked it out (though I have heard The Basetball Jones for years as an avid NBA and basketball fan).

    I couldn’t agree more that KG just doesn’t belong in these meetings. His face generally scares people, and when he goes all crazy eyes there’s nothing you can do. I mean it’s one thing to put them crazy-eyes on professional basketball players while competing on the court (it gets to them, we’ve all witnessed it… poor Jose Calderon), but you bring in those crazy-eyes to a CBA meeting where both sides feel they are making progress and it’s officially going to make the NBA Owners & Stern shat their pants.

    It’s almost like he’s acting as Kobe’s pet dog. “Hey KG, why don’t we go in there, seeing that we are the veterans who have made our money and want to help future generations have the same opportunity as we did, and when I snap my fingers you get those crazy-eyes going and make them fear for their lives.”

    Not a bad idea, maybe the players thought that KG was so intimidating they could get the owners to sign whatever the hell the players union wanted them to, simply by having KG come in (with no college education, and what appears to be not much knowledge on what’s actually going on in the current CBA and labor talks), and put his crazy-eyes to work.

    I hope his wife doesn’t think it’s cute for KG to do the crazy-eyes to his daughter… talk about a traumatic childhood, no amount of money, nanny’s, ponies, etc, can make up for those crazy-eyes making you feel so inadequate and small.

    Again, poor Jose Calderon.

  9. Somehow, I don’t want the players to give in. And I’m pretty fine with KG being the one League officials call out as the one who effed everything up.

  10. Kevin Garnett couldn’t muster the 250 SAT score and 0.5 GPA needed to get an elite basketball prospect into college… and the NBA players association thought it would be smart to pull him into a debate about economics?

  11. I see where you’re coming from. I just think that if both sides were serious about getting a deal done, they wouldn’t just throw their hands up and let KG derail the whole thing. I agree that he didn’t really have any reason to be there in the first place, but he shouldn’t have been a brick wall to the negotiations. Seems childish and petty.

  12. Hey…Hunter was the one who sent the Bull into the china shop. What’d they expect?

  13. Saying KG is like a bull in a china shop is like saying KG was really quiet and respectful for once..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk_zpMory-0

  14. I agree with colin

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