Kobe: KG’s ‘Intense’ But ‘A Good Dude’

BOSTON — Kobe Bryant knew exactly what he was doing when he answered a question about his old friend Kevin Garnett Thursday afternoon with three words sure to provoke.

When the topic of Garnett’s increasing edginess or crankiness or tightly-wound-ed-ness — whatever we want to call his flare-ups with opponents and referees as his career stretches on — Bryant said simply: “He’s a Celtic.”

Added Bryant several hours before the Los Angeles Lakers game against Boston at TD Garden: “That’s what Celtics do.” After a beat, he laughed and said: “You guys will love that one.”

Bryant is in a unique position to understand or at least witness the temper and intensity of Garnett. For one, they knew each other back when both were prep phenoms more than 15 years ago. They have been friends since then, and they now play on opposite sides of one of the greatest rivalries in all sports. So after tapping into that, Bryant went a little deeper.

“No, he’s always been intense. I’ve known him since high school and he’s always been intense. But he’s a great guy. … He’s not [a jerk] by any stretch of the imagination. He’s just a good dude. When he’s in there, he plays his heart out.”

How serious and mean-spirited Garnett is when he’s blistering an opponent with profanity-laced trash talk or delivering a dubious elbow or tap to one’s nether regions, only the Boston power forward ultimately can tell us. But the bile between the Lakers and the Celtics is legit, though, pre-dating Bryant, Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of them. Bryant seemed to know his history, too.

Danny Ainge. Kurt [Rambis] getting clotheslined. Y’know, we’re the good guys,” he said.

“To me it’s easy to separate it. Especially with guys that you know. Like KG, Paul and those guys. … I love to talk. Paul likes to talk, KG likes to talk. I’m probably the only one on my team that likes to talk. So I’ll probably be jawing with all of ‘em tonight. It’s fun.”

32 Comments

  1. dich tieng anh…

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  2. rohit says:

    The 2010 off-season was a revolving door for most teams in the NBA’s Southeastern Conference.

  3. CubAfro says:

    KOBE BRYANT WAS DRAFTED WHEN IS WAS STILL JUST 17 YEARS OLD…. WATCHING HIM GROW UP ALL THESE YEARS AND PERFORM AT AN ALL TIME HIGH LEVEL IN THE NBA WHERE SO MANY “THE NEXT BIG THING” HAVE COME AND GONE. THE DUDE PLAYS DEFENSE THE DUDE REBOUNDS THE DUDE GETS ASSIST AND BLOCKS AND IS THE ULTIMATE ALPHA MALE, WHILE SCORING WHENEVER HE CHOOSES TO.
    ITS GOOD TO SEE THE RESPECT THAT HE HAS FOR OTHER PLAYERS…. MORE SO FOR THOSE WHO HE HAS WENT TO BATTLE AGAINST FOR A DECADE PLUS!!!

    ALL YOU GUYS WITH THIS BACK AND FORTH NEED TO CHILL. THE GREATEST PLAYER OF THIS GENERATION HANDS DOWN… JUST ENJOY IT BECAUSE SOON IT WILL BE OVER

  4. NBAfan says:

    kobe bryant is perfect? no, even mj wasnt perfect, so why when some1 said something bad to kobe has to be a hater? i think kobe fans are hating the ppl who thinks kobe is not the best player….
    and for the record, i dont like kobe but i know he is the best player in today nba

  5. KINGJAMESBALLIN says:

    You clowns just hate to see people succeed is all. No one cared how many titles Kobe won back in 2k, but soon as Shaq leaves everyone is griping and hating on Kobe. Even now after winning two straight, he still can’t earn your worthless respect. Doesn’t matter though, because all you guys can do is stink up Sekou’s blog with your whining just like you will next year. Lakers will 3-peat and you will be back in Sekou’s blog still hatin,

    Sekou just go ahead and blog about Lakers 3rd championship and give these turkeys a head start to hate on Kobe because they will never respect him.

  6. LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

    3peat hopefully! if we get the 3peat i wouldnt care if kobe retired, he would have it all at that point! GLORIOUS CAREER

  7. LoL says:

    lol dumb lakers/kobe haters. win a championship then post here or else dont talk kids

  8. Jai says:

    Yes. Kobe is the BEST. Now-a-days His only objective is to get the 3peat. You can see it in his game … trying to elevate his teammates’ game, not taking shots early on to get the momentum going for the others … If He wants he can put at least 50 day in day out … no doubt about it.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      he had 19 in the 1st quarter against the knicks. He could drop 50 a night every night if he wanted. 50% shooting against the leagues #1 defense (Boston)… This guy is unreal

  9. Trei says:

    A whole bunch of Kobe haters. Stop hating Kobe and enjoy the game of basketball. No matter how much you hate Kobe, he is the best player in the NBA with Kevin Durant trailing him.

  10. Jason says:

    Lakers is good…but with Kobe in there,,,i tend to dislike that team…sent him to cleveland and won’t reach the playoofs.

    • MtyQuinn says:

      Who really cares that you dislike the Lakers because Kobe is on the team? Lakers have won 5 Rings since 2000. Haters dont really mater when its all said and done..

  11. Supercell says:

    Oh come on, KG has been like these since his Minnesota days, minus the “low blow”. Frye did a good job on selling that one, even though KG “apologized” and told him it he was trying to contest his shot but that happened. KG has always been intense, and will always be. He loves to talk, specifically trash talk. But why is it that nobody ever complained up until now, when he’s on the Celtics? That’s because he’s on a winning team now. Back in Minnesota, nobody cared if he talks trash because “Where will KG be in the playoffs?” or “will his team even get past the first round, again?”. Now he’s on a winning team, a lot more people are watching him play. So those new watchers, who haven’t seen him play or talk trash before the trade is practically new to his game style. So that means more criticizers lol.

  12. Sammy says:

    Ray Allen for Three!

  13. lynchmoob says:

    TRADE KOBE FOR MELO AND GARNETT FOR GASOL LAKERS UNSTOPABLE

    • NAJ says:

      What? Trade our 2 best players out? Gasol dominated KG last night AGAIN. Don’t need Melo either (until Kobe is done)

      • Joey says:

        KG always pisses on Gasoft. Again? Like the ’08 Finals? Like the Jan. 30th game where a finally somewhat healthy KG dropped 21 on Pau on 10-12 shooting? And don’t even bring up the ’10 Finals. Do you think Pau feels proud outplaying an injured KG? If a prime Gasol can’t do that, then he deserves to die in a ditch. KG > Gasol, and this is not remotely up for debate.

    • dodds says:

      i dont like your logic

    • Rayo_Mortal says:

      @lynchmoob
      Tas pendejo wey!!!

  14. Imad Akel says:

    Wow. I have new found respect for kobe.

  15. Jferrich Oba says:

    With guys in any sport that can excel in that sport on that level, you will hear trash talk. Why? Because that’s the way it goes down, it’s been that way from little league on up. They have a high regard for each other and it motivates their play. It’s like saying, lets do this and one says can you take it and the other says bring it on, the intensity rises to another level, but never dirty in style or play. Win loose or draw, they embrace, smack hands, one hand beats to the chest and acknowledge each other eye to respectful eye. That’s how we have rolled as athletics, and will roll. It as much a part of our game as the tools of our game.Without the trash talking we really don’t have a game, to us it is fun. It will be long rehearsed after we have retired from the game. We are not robots, we are people with passion and emotion, high ,low and otherwise. Allow us the joy of expression in the arena of our venue.

  16. Zzanzabar says:

    People tend to forget that this is what true sports is all about, the rivalries, NOT the individual players. Give me the Lakers vs Celtics, Dallas vs Spurs and (hopefully again), the Knicks vs the Bulls any day. C’mon who (besides their fans) would want to see Minnesota vs New Jersey in the finals for crying out loud.

    • Tafman says:

      They just happen to make this game more interesting. No matter how good one team is at a time, people always look forward to those games when they happen, for history and present. Rivalries is the best thing that can happen to any sport, luckily NBA has them.

    • Eduardo Meister says:

      I think the only real rivalry in NBA is the Lakers and Celtics. But I’d love to see my Timberwolves in the NBA Finals against any team.

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