Garnett Responds to Hawks Owner Michael Gearon Calling Him Dirty (Video)
Heading into tonight’s game six between the Celtics and Hawks KG’s style of play which often question for being dirty was brought to the forefront once again when it comes to hot topics to debate in the series. This time it came from one of the Atlanta Hawks co-owners Michael Gearon who had this to say in an interview with the Atlanta Constitution: ”Kevin Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we’re athletic.”
He would also call out their entire team believing they have an advantage with the referee’s getting calls: “We don’t get any calls, which I know everybody hears but I’ll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul.”
After the Celtics defeated the Hawks 83-80 tonight to win their first round series Garnett was asked about those comments by Gearon in the post game press conference. Check out what the veteran had to say:
I love the response he gave to the question asked about him being dirty. He did a great job explaining the difference between playing dirty and hard; something I think a lot of fans and owners in this case have a tough time understanding. I have always been a big KG fan and cannot remember many instances in his career where he’s done something blatantly cheap or dirty.
Does he push boundaries? Yes absolutely!!! But that is due to the nature of his personality and style of play which uses a ton of emotion. Just because he’s a high profile figure in the league I believe more attention is put on his possible “dirty” plays. Because we all know similar type of borderline dirty plays occur across the league.
As an owner of an NBA team if you have the nerve to call out one player at least be consistent and do the same to everyone else when you see it. Calm down Gearon KG’s style of play was not the difference in this series. Enough with the excuses just admit the Celtics were the better team.