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!!!!!!!”