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Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:16 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Most every player, coach and general manager is giving the stock answer when asked about how a shortened season and training camp affects their team.

"Everyone's got to do it," they'll say. Or something close to that.

But not Kevin Garnett. He's a bit angry. Via ESPN Boston:

"I think what you see, we're a rushed league right now," Garnett said. "Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. But I don't know why everyone's shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things.

"Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don't just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, Heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y'all know what I'm talking about. If y'all can't cook, this doesn't concern you."

Most college students disagree, as putting anything in a tortilla makes it a quality meal. But that's beside the point. Garnett is frustrated with the hurried state of the NBA. I don't really know what else he wants, but that's the way it is. I suppose the season could start later and there could be fewer games, but that's less money for everyone and you know nobody is going to be for that.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce feel the same way as their Big 3 teammate.

"I feel very rushed," Allen said. "I can't say that I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks, but I think everybody is in a situation where we just have to do the best with what we have. We have to adjust to the situation at hand, and it's a challenge for all of us. We're all going through it, so there's nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally."

Pierce: "We talk about it. This is something that could have been avoided, especially when you see all the different trades falling through, the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free-agent signing period and then training camp. Christmas Day was something that was really pushed amongst the players as a key day, and that's why we've rushed the way we've been rushing."

That just comes with the territory of a lockout shortened season though. There will be 66 games in a short amount of time and teams are going to pay the price. Fans will probably pay the price by having to watch bad basketball at times. In truth, some games might be sort of like a can of beans thrown in a pot mixed with Honey Nut Cheerios with a bit of cheese and cinnamon on top. In a tortilla.


Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:09 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Can someone tell me who 'Barnett' is?

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:08 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Don, you lost me somewhere through your first sentence.  Don't mean to offend - I'm sure there's a pretty good point in there somewhere, but the oversized font is like someone trying to make their case using a crayon.  Next time, stop, breathe, count to ten, and use a regular damn font.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:07 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Why suck large dark fonts. You think it makes your point come across. Actually it makes you look like an idiot.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:51 am

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Everybody from NBA shut up and get to work. Thanks

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:43 am

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Now if Paul had went to the Lakers....the boy Barnett would be bitching about that....the Lakers have Paul....  None of these players....NONE of them, can walk in Jordan's shoes....not even Magic.  Jordan brought such a great, evolving game and overcame the Pistons....stopped the Knicks, the Pacers....and made the Sunday afternoon NBC games so freaking compelling that it was not even funny.  Has not happened since then and likely never will again.  When Jordan retired it was missed then he came back "IT" returned with him.....when he came out of retirement back from teh baseball dreams.  ALSO -  IT is quite an amazing story when you see a lighter player (Dirk) take control of the game of basketball....when the darker player (Lebron) can't live up to the hype.  Basketball is an "urban" sport....sure it is second to soccer as an international sport ....but it is an "urban" and "indoor" sport...thus it's international success.  ALL that Barnett does is place the spotlight - on him - for a moment while we all can see that he is saying nothing....saying nothing that makes no sense at all.  Now do you think that the players want to play less games than the basic 72 games regular season....FOR SURE, and do you think they would want to make less money for the shorter season....HELL NO.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:30 am

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Garnett is just another bro who likes running his mouth abouts nothing.  Nothing.  It does make sense....this is not beauty school, it is a laegue that is playing the game and they were all told when it starts....this is not the Globetrotters where everything is a timed perfected beat down on the same team everynight for the entertainment dollar of the smiling people going to see a spectacle.  This is the NBA sign the ultimate basketball league and stop the friggin whining.  You think these palyers would understand that they are here for the fanatics.....not the fanatics here for them?  They just make way too much money, let's reform the NBA and let players who want to play who can jump and dunk - play the game, BUT make a real hard salary cap and make them play for what the owners want to pay them....?  The hell with the players association.  Break it down to the basic employment application, resume and sign the frigging W-9....that is all needed.  IN LIFE....IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE AN INCH....THEY TAKE A MILE.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:08 am
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:55 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

I don't understand the 66 game schedule. Stern doesn't give a damn about the players, he's proven that time and again. Why should he care that players have to play 4 games a week? All he cares about is how much money he can make for the league. He doesn't care about injuries, he doesn't care about the travel. All he cares about is money. That and how many times he can get Boston, LA, Chicago, Miami and Dallas on TV. If he actually cared about the league, there would be a hard cap. Just like the NFL.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:29 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

I do not see Garnett's point, how much is he making this year? as a season ticket holder for the nba I'm paying, so get to playing. The only people Garnett has to worry about are people like me, who pay a lot to go see them, mostly, we as a group are going to be pretty innured to basketball and will understand that some chemistry will not be there, it is going to be the same for everyone.

P.s. if you don't get on the floor soon, I will simply drop my season ticket next year!!! That'll show you!! NOT, LOL
(we also as basketball fans understand that we have no power)

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:46 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Like him or not, Garnett makes a good point.  The same people that are bashing his comments will be the same people that will be complaining about the rash of injuries and the sloppy basketball play produced during the first few weeks at least.  It may have been better to start the season a few weeks later so that teams could work on conditioning and chemistry.  A 50 game schedule with great b-ball play would have worked.  If they have to play into July, so be it.  So what if everyone only gets a 2 month off-season before the next season.  Everyone's had enough time off already.

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