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Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:14 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 5:39 pm
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By Matt Moore


I tend to think of the other side whenever a player dumps a team. There's all the excitement for what that superstar will do with his new city, with new teammates, with, in most cases, better supporting casts. But often the team left behind is overlooked. So it was with Kevin Garnett. I've read countless pieces on Garnett from Timberwolves fans and the refrain is deafening and nearly unanimous: They love the guy. Still. There are no hard feelings over the abandonment, no bitterness. Even when Garnett showed the team up in Garnett's first return to Minnesota, a game that shouldn't have been close considering the gap in talent between Garnett's in-their-prime Celtics and the rebuilding Wolves, with Garnett thumphing his chest more than usual) and popping his Celtics jersey at his former club, Wolves fans loved him for it. The truth of the matter is, when you suffer for a team, and that team is still bad, and you are excellent, you're forgiven.

The comparisons between how Garnett was treated and how LeBron James was treated, outside of the absurd and insulting nature of "The Decision" are staggering and you can read more about that here.

But it's easy, with the Celtics struggling to stay competitive, with their window rapidly shutting and with only one championship ring to show for it (as if that would be a disappointment for any other franchise in the league outside of L.A.), to forget that what made Garnett joining the Celtics special wasn't just a big-name player joining a big-name team. It was this player, a player who demanded excellence out of himself and his team every night, joining a franchise that has expected the same since its inception, since Red Auerbach literally invented the phrase "victory cigar." Garnett may wind up going down behind the true greats of all time because of how his career worked out, but the connection between Garnett and Boston is more than just that of a player who came ring chasing and won a title. He's a continuation of a work ethic, of a devotion to basketball craft. And if you don't get it, you just don't get it.

In short, it's a Celtics thing.

Which brings us to this video:



Those are comments that you hear a lot. "It's about the team." But look at how Garnett talks about it. This isn't a salesman going through the motions at a sales meeting. This is a pastor preaching to the faithful.

This is the testimony from the Book of KG.

Garnett talking about how Doc has "this much foot in (his) ass right now" is a perfect example of what sets this team, this franchise apart from so many. This is Kevin Garnett, a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play of the game, and there is total deferral to the head coach. There's no "I think I played fine" or defensiveness. Garnett is actively taking responsibility for his play and for what the team needs him to do.

Garnett makes you believe that the cliches are real. Trust me, when you do this enough, you can tell from inflection who means it and who's going through the motions. And some go through the motions with the press but believe it privately. But KG is one of the few in the league who talks the talk of the walk he walks. In a sport where so many players are steadfast in their struggle to be self-aware, to understand how much greater they can be if they let go of ego, who are always considering themselves and their image and brand first, Garnett is a rarity. He was made to do this. He was made for Boston.

He was made to be a Celtic.

And that can mean more than the rings won by some in this league who simply latched on to a championship squad for the ride. You have to have an identity, you have to have standards, you have to have accountability. And you have to have a leader like Kevin Garnett to stand at the front and say so.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:10 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

Raptor's delight, My Opinion is that Garnett gets nothing out of fighting. He does what he does to win the mental game. As for the "Latch On" I misunderstood your post, but you wanted some examples of Latchers, Well not all have won but the intent to latch was there.

Bill Walton - Celtics 86
Dennis Rodman - Bulls 97 & 98
Gary Payton - Lakers they lost
Karl Malone - Lakers they lost
LeBron James - Heat they lost
Chris Bosh - Heat they lost



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:35 pm
 

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that last comment was for pmb19.\

and matt moore, I'm still waitin for some examples of great modern era players who 'simply latched on to a championship squad.'

u got any?   even 1 or 2.    



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

The 'latch on' was a quote from berger, bud.

your post makes absolutely no sense.  try having an opinion, not 2.  

not a nice try 

 



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

Kg may be good, but someone who talks crap in someone's face when they know they can't get hit is a punk.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:29 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

And as for this being a "Celtic thing"... Boston alone is more racist than all the southern states combined. This is a team with a fan base that would shake the garden's walls just because a red-headed white guy (who is terrible to say least) takes the floor to shoot meaningless jumpers in the final seconds of games. Before Boston, Celtic fans HATED Garnett. If you talked to a Celtic fan pre-trade of KG, you would hear all the points I made and then some. But now he is god's gift to basketball and you can't say one bad thing about him because Boston fans know best. The hypocrisy that town brings to sports, all of them, not just basketball, is simply amazing


"Boston alone is more racist than all the southern states combined"   -  that is most absurd, biased thing i have ever heard.  I lived in Boston for 20 years and now live down south - let me tell you, there is a lot more racial bias down here than up north


"Celtic fans HATED Garnett"  -  DUH, all true fans hate dominant players of another team.  I am sure Miami fans hated Lebron before he joined the Heat.  True fans rrot for their team, against all other teams.  If you want to understand competition and fanhood, Boston fans hate Laker stars more than they have ever hated a Timberwolves star


"The hypocrisy that town brings to sports, all of them, not just basketball, is simply amazing"    You must not be a fan of any particular team to say something like that.  The fact that Boston fans are ardent supporters and followers of their team does make them more knowledgeable than casual "fans" of other teams without history or legacy.  I think your are jealous of the Boston teams success to make an idiotic statement like that.  Try finding a team you can root for, rather than just being negative on a successful franchise town.  maybe you would be less bitter



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:26 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

Celtic pride my ass, KG exemplifies thuggery



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:00 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

I dont understand why everyone keeps saying KG was chasing a ring. He never wanted to leave Minny, he actualy declined the first trade and was content with finishing his career in Minny. But after the Allen trade went through and talks with Pierce and Allen and the fact that minny wanted to rebulid and give KG a better shot at a ring, He didnt pull a LeBron and made a big thing outta it. Love him or Hate him but KG is a great player. I just hope the the Celtics can give him another year after this one



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:39 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

Rondo a future hall of famer? A bit early to call that one.

KG is the type of player who is hard to like but easy to hate. Is he a great leader? Without question. Is he proven at his position? Absolutely. Hall of Famer? First ballot.

But being a fan of the game and not any one particular team, this guy has been more of a nuisance to the league than he has been of benefit. Yes, he's a great player and yes he played a huge part in his ring. But the guy blatantly does the unneccesary. If you shoot after a blown whistle, KG WILL block it, but it's ok for him to do it. Too many skirmishes, fights and arguments have been caused because he consistently overreacts to everything. Not to mention, he is in the referee ear's more than Doc is. It's not his job to complain about every call he feels was wrong, it the coach's. He is flat-out a bad influence to viewers. I understand the KG is going to play his game and do what KG does, but you have to admit, he goes over the top and steps out of line WAY too much.

And as for this being a "Celtic thing"... Boston alone is more racist than all the southern states combined. This is a team with a fan base that would shake the garden's walls just because a red-headed white guy (who is terrible to say least) takes the floor to shoot meaningless jumpers in the final seconds of games. Before Boston, Celtic fans HATED Garnett. If you talked to a Celtic fan pre-trade of KG, you would hear all the points I made and then some. But now he is god's gift to basketball and you can't say one bad thing about him because Boston fans know best. The hypocrisy that town brings to sports, all of them, not just basketball, is simply amazing.



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:19 am
 

Video: KG and the Church of Celtic Pride

OK freets1, i know you didn't read the article or a post that was put up before you came up with this ridiculous crap of a post. Ravens1113 and the author explained everything perfectly. If you don't know what the author is writing about and i hate to say this i really do, than you are just plain a moron. Since you didn't read the article (just skimmed through it most likely) or didn't see Ravens1113 post i will explain it to you in a way that even you can understand. In Minny as you put it, Kevin Garnett was the only weapon the Wolves had, simply put it was KG and only KG so he had to do everything every game. That put up some pretty impressive numbers for him. As far as KG's stats having dropped steadily since coming to Boston as you said, that is as stated by the author of the article and Ravens1113 he does not have to do it all like he did in "Minny" because he has Two Hall of Famers and a future Hall of Famer on the team so he does not have to be the only weapon on the Celtics, with me so far ? Of course i am talking about Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo. With those players on the floor with him it would be impossible to put up the numbers he did for the Wolves and keep his job. Not banging the boards or driving to the basket ? I don't know what Celtic games you have been watching because, he still bangs the boards and takes the ball to the hoop with the best of them. Sure KG takes jump shots, when you are as good as KG is at nailing those jump shots why the hell not shoot them. Not taking those shots would be like Michael Jordan not dunking, it would be ridiculous. His career fading away, hardly. He may have slowed down a little bit but, that is what happens when you have been playing as long as KG has, Kevin still has very good years ahead of him providing he stays healthy. Take that to the bank.

      
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Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:37 am
 

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OK
I will be more than happy to enlighten you. Obviously you didn't read the the article since the the author addressed every thing you question. Kevin Garnett does everything you said " cuz the #5 i see talks and talks and intimidates and provokes opponents every game, yet never throws.  and if someone so happens to step up to him????????  crazy KG disappears until ppl restrain him, then hes loco again!!!!!" YOUR words in the quotation marks, naturally, you know why he never throws as you put it ? It is his game to get inside opponents heads, make them mad get them to "throw" so opponent will get the technical and be ejected. KG is not that stupid, he knows he is needed on the floor him being loco is his way of gaining the advantage for his team, pretty smart isn't it. Thats Kevin Garnett a smart and talented player who will do anything to help his team win. Now i will enlighten you with some modern era players who are or were supposed to be great that latched on to get their ring. Let me see i think i will start with the joke named LeBron James who left left Cleveland and it's fans cold to latch on to the Miami Heat thinking there was rings to be won. How is that working out ? Every player on the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era, Lamar Odom who couldn't hardly stand the wait of leaving the Clippers and get across town to the Lakers to get his. I could name a list that would be mind boggling if it were not 3:30 am, my memory is not quite as sharp this time of the morning. I take it that you get my point though and, if not you are a card short of a full deck.

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