In a blogtable on NBA.com, our beloved Kevin Garnett was repeatedly tabbed as the league's orniest player:
Steve Aschburner: Normally I like to answer right up front and expound after, given these short-attention-span times. But … really? One graf to nominate and persuade on this loaded question? This could be a whole column. Or a series. Here’s the best I can do in the space allowed: The orneriest player in the NBA is Kevin Garnett, case closed.
Shaun Powell: Kevin Garnett came into the league as a young, eager, somewhat innocent and effervescent teenager – Da Kid, if you recall — and will leave as the Clint Eastwood character in Gran Torino. As if his body language and facial contortions don’t scream “Git off my court” enough, he too often throws a verbal punch below the belt (Charlie Villanueva, etc.).
John Schuhmann: Kevin Garnett is definitely the orneriest player in the league, and probably sets the most illegal screens of anybody.
The Gran Torino analogy is perfect. Check out the famous "Get off my lawn" clip.
Not surprisingly, Reggie Evans got the most votes for dirtiest player. Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard were also mentioned.