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Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Posted on: May 14, 2010 2:44 am
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BOSTON – At the end of a playoff series he’d been very much a part of winning, Kevin Garnett was asked the obligatory question about what LeBron James’ next few weeks will be like. 

Garnett did better than answer it. He offered LeBron a piece of advice. 

“Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back,” Garnett said Thursday night after the Celtics eliminated the Cavs 94-85 with the help of his 22-point, 12-rebound performance straight out of 1998. “I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I’d have done it a little sooner.” 

Garnett, one of the original high-school-to-the-NBA stars, will turn 34 the day after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. Fifteen years in, he is chasing his second championship. The only thing loyalty got him was 12 years in Minnesota with one trip past the first round of the playoffs. 

“I don’t know what’s going through his mind,” Garnett said of LeBron. “He’s a different individual. I haven’t spoken to him or anything, but the world is his. Whatever he wants it to be, whatever decisions he makes are probably going to be best for him – not only him, but for him and his family. 

“He’s the face of basketball,” Garnett said. “I think his desire is definitely there. It’s going to be the talk of the summer because, you know, everyone’s going to be tuned in. It’s not just him, but D-Wade and Chris Bosh and all the other solid free agents available this summer. It’s going to be an interesting summer.” 

A summer that started early for LeBron, in large part because Garnett found his health and his youth and some puzzling defensive schemes perpetrated by the Cavs. After Garnett had caused major problems for Antawn Jamison in the first five games of the conference semifinals, Cavs coach Mike Brown’s counter move was starting the game with Shaquille O’Neal defending him – a matchup straight out of 1995, and one that should’ve stayed there. Garnett picked-and-popped Shaq right out of that defensive look, and nobody else had much luck with him, either. 

“It’s my 15th year, and I have seen almost everything that you can possibly do in a basketball game,” Garnett said. “My mentality throughout these whole playoffs has been attack, attack, to be the presence. So when they put Shaq on me, my thought process didn’t change. It didn’t change at all.” 

Something clicked for Garnett, and for the Celtics, once the playoffs started. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the series, and helped close it out Thursday night with a ferocious dunk that made it 88-74 with 5:53 left and a clutch hook shot off an inbounds play that wound up being the game’s last basket. 

“He’s healthier and happier, which makes all of us happier,” coach Doc Rivers said. “With health, I’m assuming that brings confidence.” 

And results, too.
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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

first of all NY is a way better team with lebron than the cavs are! NY has young talent with David Lee and the name slips me but there shooting big man!



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Good Lord, are you saying that LeBron is the first superstar to get booed? They've all been booed. Boston fans were booing the Celtics in game 3. Grow up. I'll gladly get booed every night for the rest of my life if you give me $15 million/year. LeBron sucked for the better part of this whole series. LeBron has always been about what's best for LeBron. He's played up this whole free agency thing for 2+ years. How do think the Cavaliers fans felt about that? I'm willing to bet you are not from Cleveland. You have no idea what the fans are like. Apparently, neither does LeBron. Something went awry in that apparently long 35 mile trip between Akron and Cleveland. He has been embraced and sheltered by the fans here for the last 7 years. He's given some good memories, but the fact is that the '97 Indians still got closer to a title than the Cavaliers ever did with LeBron. And, they surrounded him with proven NBA talent up and down the roster. Just 6 weeks ago everyone was whining about the "heist" of Antawn Jamison. He'll enjoy the media attention in Chicago or New York, until he chokes up another at the free throw line, or jacks up another missed 3 after dribbling the ball for 23 seconds. I cheered for LeBron, but the fact is life will go on whether he stays or goes. He will be retired in 10 years, and maybe he'll have won something. He won't unless he grows up, and actually learns to play within an offense where he isn't the all in all. A  coach that would actually stick him on the bench for not doing it would help.

Master of his own destiny.... Oh, the poor soul has been so deprived.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 2:21 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

wow your reasons are dead on. You must be a expert at this type of stuff. 



Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Shorter and funnier please.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Does anyone realize that all of the "Big Three" have higher salaries than LeBron? That's right, all three of them.  This begs the question, why in the world haven't the Cavs been able to put anything around him?  The NBA has a salary cap, but somehow the Celtics are able to pay three guys a total of 50 million and still have better role players beyond them than Cleveland?  Granted, the Cavs do have Shaq who's pulling down 20 mill, more than Allen, Pierce, and KG (and wow is the Shaqtus ever earning it), but it seems like they should be able to do better.  Williams and Jamison were No. 2's on above average teams.  When the Celtics wanted to support Pierce they got No. 1's from above average teams.  LeBron should get out of Cleveland on the first thing smoking.  What's to make anyone believe they'll do better in the next 7 years than they did in the first 7.  They count on him so much that a triple double isn't good enough for them to win.  People will continue to hammer James for his performance in the series, but the reality is he could have gone 40-20-15, and they still could have lost, and it would've been his fault.  Rediculous, good luck elsewhere.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Does anyone realize that all of the "Big Three" have higher salaries than LeBron? That's right, all three of them.  This begs the question, why in the world haven't the Cavs been able to put anything around him?  The NBA has a salary cap, but somehow the Celtics are able to pay three guys a total of 50 million and still have better role players beyond them than Cleveland?  Granted, the Cavs do have Shaq who's pulling down 20 mill, more than Allen, Pierce, and KG (and wow is the Shaqtus ever earning it), but it seems like they should be able to do better.  Williams and Jamison were No. 2's on above average teams.  When the Celtics wanted to support Pierce they got No. 1's from above average teams.  LeBron should get out of Cleveland on the first thing smoking.  What's to make anyone believe they'll do better in the next 7 years than they did in the first 7.  They count on him so much that a triple double isn't good enough for them to win.  People will continue to hammer James for his performance in the series, but the reality is he could have gone 40-20-15, and they still could have lost, and it would've been his fault.  Rediculous, good luck elsewhere.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2010 1:00 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

So your saying just take the money and be happy? When NBA players speak like that it's always about winning and championships! Of course he's greatful for the money! he don't have to say it! Have you ever read his story? I've never seen a interview were the player says "i'd like to thank my former team for making me a multi-millionaire" C'mon dude get real you can't call him a ingrate!!!



Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2010 12:49 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Sorry Ms Kiesha,

Your analysis of the LBJ situation seems to be over your head and you should probably stick to analyzing the WNBA, which should really be called ACWBA the (After College Women's Basketball Association).  Cool

You forget to articulate the sign-and-trade options; and instead just regurgitate several paragraphs of previously understood talking points. I understand that that your utterly useless banter is your opinion and you are privy to it, however, at least let it be new, real and not a plaguristic cornicopia of nothingness.

I certainly hope you don't think you have the testosterone levels to comment on FOOTBALL... 49ers is it???

Please leave the relevant procrastinations to people who know what they are talking about.  Tongue out
 
V/R

The Badd...



Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Orlando a MUCH B-E-T-T-E-R coached team?!

Do you understand what went on in Boston this year? Doc Rivers has proven once and for all that the Coach of the Year award he got in orlando was no fluke. He was BRILLIANT in this series against the Cavs and if he leaves Boston after this season - he will be the most sought after coach for however long it takes for him to decide to come back.

Little Van Gundy is a very good coach, but he is not in River's stratosphere just yet.

If I'm Orlando fans I'm worried about three things:

1) Perkins has often reduced Howard's game to just above average

2) Rondo will make Jameer Nelson dizzy (as well as Nelson has played)

3) And, Paul Pierce and Ray allen will have much easier times finding their rythym without having to rotate on and off LeBron.



Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 11:11 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

That's my point. The league is not about loyalty on either end. As long as things are going right, everyone is happy. But say the wrong thing or have a bad game and instead of trying to encourage you, they turn against you. I wasn't saying that Lebron should leave because of a bruised ego, I was saying that loyalty shouldn't be a factor in his decision. Like it or not, at some point the franchise is going to turn on you no matter how loyal you've been. Ask Patrick Ewing or Moses Malone. The franchise is looking out for itself. If James is smart he would look out for himself also while he can still throw down.


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