Kevin Garnett called a cheap shot artist by Noah
Kevin Garnett will never be misunderstood as a nice guy. The NBA is full of personalities that are competitive yet not capable of the misdeeds that Garnett is capable of.
Joakim Noah is not exactly a pillar of virtue either.
His history does not reflect someone who is afraid to sneak in a low-blow from time to time
So his recent comments about Garnett’s meanstreak not only are a pot-calling-the-kettle-black scenario, they are laugh out loud funny.
Both men were called for double technical during the Bulls 100-99 victory over the Celtics on Friday.
Noah stated to ESPN that Garrnett throws”cheap shots” and “elbows.”
“Just trying to throw elbows,” Noah said of Garnett. “Cheap shots, just trying to get you off your game. But he’s a vet. He’s been doing this a long time, but it’s all right.”
“(I was) just playing defense,” Noah said. “Just playing sound defense, just contesting his shots. He’s a helluva competitor. He’s always on some bulls—. Always on some bulls—.”
If anything Noah should have patted himself on the back after he held the veteran in check.
Garnett could not shake Noah’s defensive prowess and went 5-of-16 from the floor.
Noah has never shied away from calling Garnett out.
“He’s a dirty player, man,” Noah said during the 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs. “He’s a dirty player. That’s messed up, man … I’m hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It’s unbelievable. He’s a dirty player. It’s one thing to be competitive and compete and all that, but don’t be a dirty player. He’s a dirty player.”
Noah was asked about those comments on Friday.
I feel like I was young, maybe talking a little bit too much,” Noah said. “What happens on the court should stay on the court. I was pretty vocal about it, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning or losing basketball games. You don’t have to like your opponents, it’s all right. At the end of the day, the only thing I’m worried about is this team and I think that he’s the same way with Boston. He’s worried about his team and getting them going.
“I’m just happy that we beat them twice, they beat us once. It was a great game tonight. We fought hard, and the Bulls are on the way up. We’re not even playing with our MVP. I know he’s hungry to get back; it’s all positive.”
The backhanded positivity did not last very long.
“When we lose, I feel like he crosses the line. But since we’ve been beating their asses, I’m cool with it.”
“He wants to win and I want to win,” Noah said. “I don’t think it will ever be cool (between us).”
The last statement is the most accurate.
Noah and Garnett are cut from the same cloth.
In most cases those that we can’t stand are displaying attributes to us that we may not like about ourselves.