Kevin Garnett Names His Top 3 Trash-Talkers of All Time

Kevin Garnett has been barking at NBA opponents for nearly two decades, so he’s something of an authority on hardwood chatter. When he offers up his thoughts on the mouthiest opponents he’s ever played against, we should probably listen.

Per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com, KG first named two players who seem to come up whenever historically great smack-talkers are the topic of discussion:

“Gary Payton and Michael Jordan, by far,” Garnett told Youngmisuk.

No surprise there. Payton’s career featured a nonstop string of snarling, psyche-crushing verbosity. He backed up his words with action, too; there weren’t many defenders capable of clamping down like The Glove. Basically, Payton told you how terrible you were, then made you feel even worse with his suffocating D.

Jordan, of course, was also a ruthless talker—probably because he had the unmatched ability to (in his own mind) contort even the least threatening opponents into challengers who needed vanquishing.

Again, not a shock on either count.

Then, KG tossed out an unexpected name: “And believe it or not, Hakeem Olajuwon.”

Know what’s more fun than remembering Olajuwon befuddling defenders with an endless array of spins, pivots, fakes, shakes and bakes? The thought of him doing all of that while letting his man know how bad he was about to make him look.

Perhaps the best part of Garnett’s thoughts on trash talk were his final ones, in which he denied his own place among the all-time greats: “Me? You just hear stories about me talking trash. You never have living proof that I talk trash.”

Oh, really, KG? How about this?

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Garnett is currently averaging 7.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Brooklyn Nets, both mild upticks from the numbers he posted a year ago. Brooklyn is just 5-8 on the season and faces a rough upcoming seven-game slate that includes the Chicago Bulls (twice), the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nets would prefer some vintage play from KG during that stretch, but that’s probably hoping for a bit too much. At least we know Garnett is still capable of talking a good game.

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Kevin Garnett wants to buy the Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett has made it very clear that he has no intention of coaching in the NBA when his playing days are over. That doesn’t mean the 15-time All-Star intends to walk away from the league completely. On Thursday, Garnett told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports that his goal is to one day own…Read More

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Kevin Garnett Discusses Interest in Purchasing Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett has interest in one day being part of a group that owns the Minnesota Timberwolves. Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the 38-year-old, 15-time All-Star said this after his current team, the Brooklyn Nets fell 107-99 to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night:

“I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want.”

Garnett spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the organization, and he won league MVP while with the Timberwolves in 2004. Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he was interested in adding a minority owner.

Per Spears, at least one person supports Garnett’s desire: Nets general manager Billy King. 

Nets general manager Billy King said he wouldn’t be surprised if Garnett were to buy the Timberwolves.

“He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” King told Yahoo Sports.

It’s feasible Garnett could potentially be a candidate for that if he’s interested. Over his future Hall-of-Fame career, Garnett has raked in $315 million dollars in salaries, per Spotrac, he’ll make $12 million this season, and he has made even more in endorsement deals. 

Per Spears, Garnett cited history, his ties to the organization, current head coach and part-owner Flip Saunders as personal draws back to the Timberwolves. Garnett is currently averaging eight points and eight rebounds in as many games this season.

He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

 

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Rondo: Garnett could play ‘another two or three years’

WALTHAM, Mass. —  There will come a day, not so far into the future, that Kevin Garnett will hang up his sneakers for good. Rajon Rondo will believe that when he sees it. Rondo said one day before his Boston Celtics were set to open the regular season against Garnett’s Brooklyn Nets that he believes his former teammate still has plenty left in the tank. “I just appreciate the years I played with him, not that this might be his last year, because each year, people say it’s his last year,” Rondo said Tuesday at Celtics practice. “You can never challenge his heart or count him out. He might play another two, three more years. He takes very good care of his body. It’s just a matter of if he wants to play or not.” Garnett is entering his 20th NBA season, having played 12 years for the Minnesota Timberwolves and six for the Celtics before landing in Brooklyn ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. For comparison’s sake, Rondo was 9 years old when Garnett was drafted way back in 1995, and current Celtic

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Nets Injury Update: Kevin Garnett misses practice, questionable for Sunday’s game

The Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett did not participate in practice on Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against his former team the Boston Celtics.Kevin GarnettGarnett did not attend practice because of a stomach problem, which is expected to keep him from playing in Sunday’s match against the Celtics.Garnett also missed Friday’s practice because of the same stomach bug, hence it is a recurring issue.Kevin Garnett listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. #Celtics.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) October 18, 2014Kevin Garnett joined the Nets last season in a nine-player, three-draft pick swap between the Nets and the Celtics. Last season, the 38-year-old power forward averaged 6.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, having played 54 times for the Nets. His career average stands at 18.2 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game.The Nets have made a positive start to their 2014/15 pre-season, up 3-0 after the first three games. They defeated the S…

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Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to Be Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Power Forward

Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins informed reporters that Kevin Garnett will indeed be starting for the team at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. Nets coach Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will start this season and if healthy he will play more than 15-16 mins a game — Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 15, 2014 After a second-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat last postseason, Garnett’s NBA future was in question. He struggled in the close-out game of the series, scoring just two points to go with two turnovers. Still, it appears the future Hall of Famer still has a bit left in the tank—or so his new coach thinks. The post Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to Be Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Power Forward appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

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Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms

Nets’ Kevin Garnett to miss ninth straight game Monday because of back spasms

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Garnett to miss 9th straight game with back spasms (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Garnett will miss a ninth straight game because of back spasms Monday when the Brooklyn Nets host the Phoenix Suns.

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Kirilenko makes return; Garnett questionable for Monday

The Nets got one of their key injured players back Saturday, and another could soon follow.

Andrei Kirilenko returned to the floor for the first time since leaving Sunday’s win over the Kings in Brooklyn with a sprained right ankle, scoring five points in 12 minutes in the Nets’ 101-94 loss to the Wizards at Verizon Center.

“I felt OK,” said Kirilenko, who had missed two games. “Nothing bothered me. It was just the first game coming back. I’m feeling pretty good.”

In addition to Kirilenko, Nets coach Jason Kidd said Kevin Garnett — who sat out his eighth straight game with back spasms — is on the mend, and didn’t rule out the possibility of Garnett returning Monday when the Nets host the Suns.

“He’s doing better,” said Kidd, who deemed Garnett questionable for Monday’s game. “We’ll see how his workouts go, and we’ll see how he feels Monday.

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Nets’ Kevin Garnett out versus Wizards

The Brooklyn Nets extended their winning streak to three with a 96-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The win improved the Nets to 33-30, second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Nets were once again without forward Kevin Garnett, who has missed the last seven games with a back injury.Terren Peterson (KG with a Massive Dunk) via Wikimedia CommonsRod Boone, who covers the Nets for Newsday, tweeted the following regarding Garnett’s status.Kevin Garnett remains out vs. #Wizards. Kidd sounded hopeful he may play vs. #Suns on Monday. Likely no back to backs when he returns.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 14, 2014Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic saw the bulk of the minutes at power forward against the Heat. Plumlee had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes, while Teletovic had 17 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. Expect Garnett to see his normal amount of playing time upon returning, which likely means a reduction of playing time for either Plumlee

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