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Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 3:14 pm
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson takes a shot at Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Posted by Ben Golliver. phil-jackson

Earlier today, we noted that the NBA has taken to looking past the transgressions of Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, allowing a laundry list of unsportsmanlike plays to stand without any meaningful repercussions.

One person who isn't content to let it all go without saying something: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, of course, who took a solid swipe at Garnett while praising his center Pau Gasol, as quoted by
"Pau knows who he is," Jackson said. "He's tenacious. I like him to be aggressive offensively. He's always a willing passer. The one thing I'm on him about is getting that first rebound. Don't let them knock it out of your hands. Don't let them knock it away.
"Otherwise, all this talk about how aggressive he is or how aggressive he isn't falls on deaf ears. He totally gets it. He is who he is. We're not going to make him into (Boston's Kevin) Garnett. He's not going to go around and punch guys in the (groin). He's too nice of a guy.

"This is an intelligent person who understands what this game is about. We've been to the Finals three years in a row, so that's part of it."
Jackson, of course, is making reference to a recent low blow Garnett leveled on Phoenix Suns big man Channing Frye, a play that eventually led to his ejection due to arguing and for which he refused to apologize and was not suspended.

We've previously lamented that there is no one at this point of his career that can get through to Garnett, no one that can encourage him to better understand the decency line and work a bit harder to stay on the correct side of it. The only person who can do that, save a super-duper heavy-handed commissioner Stern, is Garnett himself, and he clearly doesn't care.

Given that situation, and the league's inactivity to this point, it's nice -- for once, a rare situation indeed -- to hear Jackson offer his two cents.  Even if only a glancing blow, Jackson's statement serves as an acknowledgement that those around the league -- colleagues and competitors -- are not totally blind to his shenanigans. 

To describe Garnett as a player that goes around punching guys in the groin certainly sells Garnett short, but that's exactly the point: Garnett's greatness as an individual defender, team defender, leader, consistent rebounder and there-when-you-need-it scorer are overshadowed by his antics. To set up Garnett as the foil to Gasol's nice, intelligent, winning persona is to attack Garnett's professionalism and to indirectly question whether his priorities are in order. Those are big words, and not many around the league have the audicity or confidence to deliver them.

It pains me to say this, but in this situation we need more Phil Jacksons. 

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:19 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

Just got around to read this article...the comments from all the Celtic fans is pure crap...nothing but crying.  Get a life!  Your precious Celtics their own hands!  It had nothing to do with fouls and sorry ass Perkins (cause he's the focal point of your whole offense and defense).  Can't believe you're still crying after nearly a year!  Wow...unbelievable.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:50 am

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

i will punch any lakers fan in the face at any moment. in fact, i think I will go out and do that now! thanks cbssports!

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:40 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

Since I was talking about Dr Phil and know how hard it is for you Lake fans to concetrate on more than one thing I left out the so called shot in the groin. If that was a hit in the nuts why did Frye spring up like a 16yo on prom night? Why cause he barely touched him. Unlike the flagrant elbow by your boy Gasol on KG's head. Hard to fake the blood and 5 stitches. No foul called there.....hummmmm Preferential treatment, I think so. We'll see how meaningless the regular season is when you find yourself lifeless when the playoffs come around. Kobe is very good but as you have seen he can't sustain against the better teams by himself.

As for Thursday, sweep comes to mind and while your watching make sure you get a good look at our 17 banners hanging. 18 in 2011!

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:44 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett


Umm am i wrong or did we lose to the lakers last season in the finals because of a dirty foul by andrew bynum.? who blantantly blew out perkins knee? wow a personal foul was called for possibly ending someones career yet thats not dirty? wow talk about not seeing the obvious. plus, when has flopping become a part of basketball? cheap play is what d fish is all about. i will not deny that fisher is a good point gaurd but flopping gets better and better with age. btw does n e one remember the greatest bball player ever complaining about fouls? or bitching at refs because someone touched him? nahh kobe want to be the best stop trying to get cheap points buddy. ill agree pierce plays similar but in no way to the extent of kobe. oh and the lakers def got gasol for free... who did yall give up kwame? thats it? wow for a all star center/forward for the ryan leaf os busts in bball. next time you wanna open your mouth come with some facts buddy. also who gives a hoot about garnett playing rough personally id punch someone in the balls if they were being pussies also. haha yah thats right just because the lakers are full of a bunch of crying bitches.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:38 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

The playoffs are still three months away.  Isn't a little early to start working the refs...even for Jackson?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:38 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

The playoffs are still three months away.  Isn't a little early to start working the rfes...even for Jackson?

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:32 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

AHAHAHAHAH!  , have you ever watched Ray Allen play?

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:23 pm

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

LA fans are such clowns, you guys would be blessed to have a passionate player like KG on your squad. Talk about dirty plays, the foul that won you last years finals was about one of the dirtiest plays I've ever seen... Bynum had no reason to foul Perkins like that and blowing out his knee, when has KG every injured anyone? Everyone that knows anything about the Association knows the Celtics would have won the finals had Perkins been active for game 7! And talk about cheap players, Derek Fisher is the biggest actress to ever take the court the way he flops is ridiculous, that's the cheapest thing I've seen on the court, and then there is when Fisher gets whistled for a foul he whines like a school girl just like Kobe not getting a call, bunch of chicks on that team....

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:18 am

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

Gasol throws elbows almost everytime he's near the ball and Derek Fisher is one of the dirtiest players in the game. Garnett plays with passion and is undoubtly one of the best in the game

With regard to Gasol, you're way off base.  I think it is hysterical to hear non-Laker fans who go back and forth between saying how "soft" Pau Gasol is, then complain about how the NBA somehow let the Grizz "give" the apparently superstar-all world-unstoppable Gasol to the Lakers for nothing so that the Lakers could win the NBA title, to now Gasol is a dirty player (first time I've heard that one, I needed a good laugh this morning).    With regard to Fisher -- yes he plays physical, very physical sometimes, but that is far from being a "dirty" player -- dirty is, gee, I don't know, hitting someone in the balls when they shoot a jump shot?

Garnett, yes he plays with passion.  Yes is is, or at least was, one of the best in the game and is still very good.  "Passion", however, cannot excuse intentionally hitting a guy in the groin, no matter how hard you hit him.  Either the shot to Channing Frye's groin was a intentional "dirty" act or Garnett has a thing for Channing Frye's junk and could not resist touching it -- you tell me.  Either way, it was not tough, physical play -- it was way out of line and, imo, Garnett should have been suspended for a game or at least fined.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:32 am

Phil Jackson takes shot at Kevin Garnett

I freakin love Phil Jackson.  I hope he stays around the league announcing or doing commentary after this season.  I'm gonna miss him.

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