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Spike Lee to KG: Calm the f— down

Chuck - Red's Army February 7, 2011 Uncategorized 44 Comments

Via ESPN New York:

What's your most memorable conversation with a player during a game?
This is really surprising, and this is all true. The only time that it's ever really gotten nasty was with Reggie Miller. But we were friends before that and we've been friends since then. When I go to the games, it's to have fun. I'm respectful. If I say a player missed a shot, that's not talking about your mother, your family; it's all good nature. The players enjoy talking to me and I enjoy talking to them.

But this last time against Boston — you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s three? — Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I'm not holding you and I did not even say s— to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f— down.

Well, you know what? It came back to bite him in the butt because STAT is starting for the East in the All-Star Game and KG is not.
Next time they come — [Spike checks the Knicks schedule] — is on March 21st. So look, I don't like the Celtics, but I respect Doc [Rivers]. Doc's a good friend. You know I love Ray Allen. I hate the Celtics, but look, they've got good guys on that team. I've got friends on that team. Nate’s on the team. But Garnett needs to calm the f— down. There's no reason he should be cursing at me the way he did the last game. So you can put that in the article. It was disrespectful and I would never do nothing like that to him.

That's crazy. Garnett has definitely had his share of temper tantrums — no question about that.
I'm not even playing and I didn't say nothing to him the whole game anyway. So if you're mad, start cursing out STAT, Stoudemire. But you're not going to do that s— because Stoudemire’s not going to take it. So he cursed at me and I’m 5-6½, 150. What he was saying was worse than Reggie Miller. It was uncalled for.

Spike Lee and I have one thing in common… we both agree KG needs to relax.

As for cursing him out, Spike shouldn't take it personally. I bet KG drops expletives when he's singing his little girl to sleep.

What's laughable is the writer's assertion that Amare Stoudemire's All-Star start was somehow payback for this incident. Like KG gives a crap.

Here's someting that does matter: the Knicks are 10-14 since their loss to the Celtics.

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  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Now KG is picking on Spike Lee. I guess its because he is smaller than a point guard. He barks more now that he has his bodyguards (Perkins, Shaq and Davis). Just play the game and leave the theatrics to Pierce.

  • TeamRondo

    KG is making it hard to stick up for him, but Spike Lee also needs to shut up. Who cares what he has to say?

  • ACuriousGeorge

    I wonder what KG says to his wife while hes banging her

  • ACuriousGeorge

    The best thing about KG is what he says to craig sager about what he wears. Could we get a video of all the things hes said to sager, redsarmy or bigmck?

  • Chris

    Yea real bad payback. Let me know when Stoudamire ties the league record for 14 consecutive allstar selections and has a ring on his finger. Not to mention we have 4 players and our coach on the team, not just one player.

  • Classless

    BigMck,
    Shut up. KG doesn’t need to calm down. Its what separates him from the lesser talents in the NBA. He cares. When the Celtics drop to the NBA middle class and depend on robot Rondo for leadership, you will pine for the days of KG. Spike Lee should shut up and make better movies.

  • TeamRondo

    Also, Why is Spike Lee acting innocent? He was taunting the Celtics when he thought Amar’e made the 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4NlYScPbXc#t=00m49s

  • jared

    #1- At his age, KG needs to stay jacked up. The extra adrenaline will help him pull through tough games.
    #2- Spike Lee is a provocateur, he knows it. Hes a loud mouth, he uses the knicks to increase his public visibility. Sad really.
    (as and aside) What Spike Lee needs to do is stop whining about how bad the Celtics beat up on his team, and start reading newspapers/web sites. Hearing such a supposedly wonderful artist talk about current events, as he does from time to time, just makes me feel embarrassed for him.

  • PPsucks

    LOL damn its raining down on KG over the last couple of weeks huh?

  • CFH

    Ah, that most credible of sources, Spike Lee.
    I wonder if he siad this “seriously” or tongue-in-cheek… like in that 30-for-30 film where he’s shown claiming he never traded insults with any player other than Miller while footage plays of him telling Scottie Pippen he walks like a duck (or something).
    Reminds me of when Amar’e was insisting that Perk needs to smile instead of scowl.
    All these Knicks/Suns guys need to get some substance and stop worrying about style.

  • paul

    Rondo has to get a little KG into him. He’s got to realize that he is the de facto team leader now. He’s got to step into the role.

  • paul

    Why is it suddenly so popular for Celtics bloggers to rip Garnett? Damn, they don’t mind if opposing players rip KG’s head off, or Rondo’s head off. They just think KG should go to finishing school.
    Spike Lee can STFU. He buys courtside seats and makes a spectacle of himself, and that’s fine, but then he whines when some flack comes his way. I love the guy and his films. He’s truly brilliant at what he does. So is KG brilliant at what he does. Sit down and learn from a master, Spike. And from the other masters on the Celtics that you claim not to like.

  • Danno

    Spike still crying about that three?

  • http://www.theprobasketballtalk.com Jacob

    Who is the editor over here? Mis spellings like whoa.
    Also, I am sure Spike said SOMETHING to KG. He just said in the first paragraph he is always talking to players. Second, Spike was jumping like a mad man on KG’s court, don’t bring that shit here… Spike was the one who needed to calm down during that game.
    Enjoy your second round playoff exit over the next 4 years Spike. We hate you too.

  • FlyTime

    Hatred and disrespebt for KG is league wide at this point. I ran into a few Celtic fans here in Los Angeles, and we got to talking. After some gentle ribbing and mild “you suck” convo, it turned to KG. Both of them rolled their eyes and squirmed a bit, and then admitted to being admirers of his game (as am I) BUT completely disgusted by his behavior lately. These guys were lifelong Celtic fans in town for work and sporting their C’s jerseys…….but they basically were saying what everyone is. KG needs to realize that no one is “fearful” or “intimidated” by his wacked out shenanigans. They are only confused, disgusted, and in a lot of cases he is losing fans. I know, I know….he doesn’t give a crap, right? If that’s the case, then that right there is the definition of classless.
    Time to man up KG, and stop acting like a kid. You dick.

  • Danno

    Spike Lee is a racist moron, and the only reason he hates the Celtics is because he still has some backwards-ass, 1955 view of Boston as being a “Racist Town”. Someone needs to give him a history book, and explain to him that Red Auerbach did more for black athletes in the US than any other white coach in history.
    His entire career hinges on perpetuating racism and controversy. His films encourage the cycle of hate, and the fear of “the other side”. He’s a ghetto thug with a camera and some money to burn.

  • Nora

    Spike Lee is ridiculous. KG should calm down? At least KG is playing in a game what the heck is Spikes excuse for acting as he does.

  • Nora

    So you talked to a couple of C’s fans and now you are some authority as to what C’s fans think. Well I am a C’s fan and I disagree completely. The reason the C’s are going anywhere is KG and that intensity is part of who he is.

  • Steve

    Great job. Lee runs out on the court after the shot yelling and pointing at the Celtics players to taunt them. Then he is upset about Garnett cursing him. Yikes. Me thinks he is very full of himself and holier than thou on this one.
    Spike, next time pick something not filmed to embellish. I hope that you put more thought into your films but I am not sure from what I have seen with the tv commercial looking scenes.

  • MightyCeltics

    Uh…

  • Man the Lakers suck

    And the Lakers too!

  • Nora

    Wow he lost what 3 or so fans you talked to? Some people don’t like KG that is fine. But I think fans of Lakers should lay off. KG has never been accused of rape or cheated on his wife. Whatever you want to call it.

  • http://www.celticslife.com tb727

    who is the guy interviewing? sounds like a dumb New York fan too.
    No one gives a shit about the all star game. Enjoy your first round knockout Knicks fans.

  • bkgreen18

    Im getting really tired of seeing every Celtics blog hopping on the reform KG band wagon. Of all the sports villains out there who do shitty things and people still love them. KG’s flaw is extreme intensity. I don’t see and never will see why people are so offended. He did the same stuff in Minny too. He hasn’t REALLY gotten “worse” but now he has a rep and every little thing he does goes under the microscope. Im so tired of it.

  • coco

    Spike Lee is ridiculous. talking about joining the KG hate bandwagon when he has no business involving himself with this.

  • Andrew

    Lol. Spike needs to shut up. he was caught on camera doing what he did to Reggie Miller to the Celtics. He deserved all the shit he got from KG.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dommiie23 Deedee

    KG been this way since he was on the timberwolves.He can stand on his own two feet and fight his battles Shaq, Perkins and Big baby has nothing to do with how he act.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dommiie23 Deedee

    I’m glad KG was cursing spike lee out he deserved it.

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    KG is a pussy!

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    KG doesn’t fight. He is all bark and no bite. LMAO!

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    He probably screams out Rondo’s name.
    “Rondo! Uhn, Uhn, Rondo!”
    LMAO!

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    LMAO! You got that right.

  • http://network.yardbarker.com spikingVillaneuva

    I think Spike is umm ‘spiking’ Charlie Villaneuva, and just trying to solidify his statements..maybe he’s telling Stod he’s available..who knows..I think he needs a punch in the nuts on march 21st..spkie don’t forget your cup

  • FlyTime

    Try 5 rings. Then we’ll talk KG.

  • FlyTime

    And “who he is” is starting to catch up to him. Or more to the point, who he’s PRETENDING to be.

  • http://network.yardbarker.com spikingVillaneuva

    dunno how many times KG knows when to stop to avoid the T while the opponent gets it..he clearly gets under their skin, and leaves the opponents not knowing what to expect..I’d call that intimidation! KGs just trying to play his game while the others are tryin to T him up..and since theyve been unsucessful most of the time they have to cry like babies and bring it into the media circus.
    Wouldn’t it be great if they had ‘after game’ fighting matches? I don’t think many would take on KG or try to act tough when the officials aren’t there.

  • Mal Tempo

    If a white player had cursed Spike Lee, he’d be making a documentary about it.

  • irisheyes9302

    STAT has to be the dumbest nickname in the history of the NBA…I love KG. You have to be willing to take the bad with the good. No one will be complaining about his intensity when he is raising another banner in Boston.

  • Viva

    Well if it’s like that then why are EVERYBODY so easily hurt with his bark, when it is so harmless?

  • Michael

    Spike get a life man nobody wanna see your face at games you look like a raccoon with glasses, dude boston is a great team and KG is why

  • AboveTheRim

    Exactly Rondo, when reading this, I couldn’t believe Spike was trying to come off as an innocent bystander.
    I remember that game more for Spike prematurely running out to half court, talking shit to all the Celtics only to have Amare’s 3 called off. At which point, he probably felt pretty dumb and still holds the grudge. This is why you hear him bitching about KG who made him look like a fool on TV.

  • Babs Clay

    Yeah, that’s why he tried to take out a guy barely 6′ in JJ Barea when the Mavs beat them at home the other day…real nice, then gets in a small tiff with the ref!!! should have been watching the game from the parking lot…Garnett gets away with a lot more crap than the average player does…bark is ok, but he takes it sometimes to the extreme.

  • thetitleisours

    Better buy a lot of tickets then as that is the closest you will ever get to one

  • http://www.celticslife.com Jesse

    Someone’s going to have to tell Spike to calm down when The Knicks get beat in the first round. He’s going to be like, “Amare why can’t you be more like KG?!”