Never a big fan of LeBron James, and actually someone that stood in his way quite a few times, Kevin Garnett is finding it very difficult to to be judged by those he loved criticizing, mocking and terrorizing on the court. Garnett left the Boston Celtics, just like Ray Allen did in the past, and so did LeBron James during his decision fiasco.
All the Boston Celtics could do last summer was talk about Ray Allen having the audacity to take less money and go play for a different team, with better title prospects, for a lessened role, after it was obvious he was losing his standing in Boston. A team that tried trading him more than once after 2010, and a team that stood by Rajon Rondo when it was clear the two weren’t getting along.
Kevin Garnett seemed like the most hurt party of all. He refused to actually acknowledge Ray Allen when the two teams (Miami Heat and Celtics) met for the first time last season, refusing to shake his hand. Now that he’s left Boston, is it alright for him to once again be buddies with someone that won an NBA championship with him and reached another final with too?
LeBron James might not have the wisest person in the world to comment on the matter, but he decided to heat things up before their preseason game with the Brooklyn Nets, the place Garnett and Pierce now call home, and have been busy trash talking in favor of, especially with New York Knicks players.
I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston. I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically $%^& on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving. That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.
Obviously, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce didn’t take that with a grin, each having his own short comment to make on the matter. Garnett pretty much told James to stick to his own business and out of Boston affairs, even though Garnett himself isn’t playing in Boston anymore. He was connected quite well in Minnesota for a decade, but he left/was traded to the Celtics to give his career a fighting chance of winning something, and it wasn’t like it came out of the blue for him. For some reason, he was never criticized for leaving the only team he’s ever played for to join a much more lucrative prospect.
Garnett isn’t the player he once was, and especially not the imposing defender he once was. In order to make up for that, he has to try and trash everyone else, or diminish achievements by others at his own expense, as the Heat got past the Celtics twice over the last three years on their way to the NBA finals.
First with the Cavs and then with the Heat, James has always been somewhat of an enemy to the Celtics and especially Garnett. At first they managed to vanquish him, being on the better team. Once their star faded and the Heat rose to prominence overnight, the balance in the Heat changed. Only for Garnett, he though his team did it the “fair” way, while the Heat and especially James “tricked” the system.
When you start seeing enemies, ghosts and foes at every corner, it means that you’re probably getting paranoid, which isn’t that uncommon for grumpy old men, who seem to try and relive the glory days of the past by diminishing others, and trying to hide as best as possible the fact that they’re just not that good anymore.