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Enemy Chatter: KG isn’t fugazi

Chuck - Red's Army February 24, 2011 Uncategorized 5 Comments

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Oakland.

People forget that the Celtics were once a doormat for most elite NBA teams and that prior to 2007, they were barely relevant outside of Massachusetts. But once Garnett joined the team, the team became just that: a team. The Ticket bought suits for the rookies, made guys cheer for one another, rushed to pick up a fallen teammate, pushed around an opponent that tried to intimidate one of his players and more importantly, helped create a winning environment. If you are a fan of the NFL, there is a Ray Lewis sound byte that NFL Network loves to use: “If I asked you to give it all up for me right now…”. The rest doesn’t even matter. Ask any Celtic to answer that question about Garnett, and I’m quite sure they would all be say yes without a doubt.

We have always praised the Big Ticket’s passion as a basketball player because he has always been one of the few players to give the fans their just due in every game he’s played in. Whether it’s a back to back in Sacramento or Game 1 of the NBA Finals, KG is coming out swinging. Therefore, if we are going to praise his intensity, his seemingly odd rituals of banging his head against the basket support and his unwillingness to let players score after referees call for a stoppage in play, well we might as well deal with the fact that sometimes he might go a little overboard.

Does he deserve to be disciplined? That’s for the league to figure out. But at the end of the day, does his seemingly maniacal behavior on the court help his team win? You can bet your bottom dollar it does. People can call him a fake tough guy all they want, but two NBA Finals appearances and one title later, his championship ring isn’t fugazzi and neither is his play. And really at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Warriors World

Great blog about KG's impact on the Celtics. It's refreshing to read a positive column about Garnett (Yes, I realize I've been one of his harshest critics this season). Despite all his negative antics, he's changed the culture in that locker room.

To be honest… I had to look up the definition of fugazi.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    hopefully danny’s cooking up something good and about to pull a major heist

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Very true. Not sure who the MVP is any given year but as far as Most Important to a franchise, few players in their sport have been the axis for an immediate turnaround like KG has.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    “At the end of the day at the end of the day at the end of the day”

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    you never saw Donnie Brassco???? rent it!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    I have… but completely forgot the fugazi reference!