Mon Apr 19 12:50pm EDT
The NBA story of the weekend was Saturday's Kevin Garnett(notes) vs. Quentin Richardson(notes) scuffle during the first game of the Celtics/Heat series. Surely you've seen the footage by now, but if not, have a looksy. Garnett was ejected, and has been suspended for Tuesday's Game 2 in Boston. Richardson was fined $25,000 for his involvement. And Shavlik Randolph(notes) got to mediate a disagreement, which is one of his favorite things to do.
However, there are apparently deeper issues at play here. It'd pay off to read the article by Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears to get all the details, but if you prefer light gray text, here's today's most pertinent information.
Richardson's issues with [Paul] Pierce are no secret, even if their origins have never been truly explained. The two were ejected for trash-talking in front of a referee two years ago when Richardson was playing for the New York Knicks. Richardson then continued to shout at Pierce while walking down the tunnel to the locker room.
Pierce once hosted Richardson as a recruit at the University of Kansas. Neither player has fully explained what the problem is, but this much is clear: Richardson has always seemed to be more irritated about the situation — and, as a result, has done most of the talking.
Sounds fishy. Two guys, three years apart who have never played on the same team and weren't really even part of a major rivalry — where's the beef?
So that got me thinking. There's got to be a reason these guys don't like each other. And if there's a reason, we should be able to figure it out. They're public figures, on television 80 nights a year, we know quite a bit about both of them. We should be able to "Da Vinci Code" this and determine the origins of this feud.
Here are the leading theories thus far:
• Paul Pierce(notes) has always wanted to be traded, but never has. He's jealous that Richardson was traded four times in a single summer. Paul feels like he's missed out on something, so he takes it out on Quentin.
• Former headband-wearer Richardson thinks Pierce wears his headband way too far back on his head. Richardson loves The Standard, and doesn't understand why Pierce prefers to rock the old-timer. This philosophical difference drives a wedge between the two.
• It's a fight about late-'90s female R&B singers. Those choices echo deep in a person's soul, and sometimes you have to duke it out.
• Richardson is mad that Paul Pierce sided with Corey Maggette's(notes) Fenwick Friars during the 1998 Illinois state basketball tournament even though he was living in Kansas at the time and, like, totally didn't know what he was talking about. As if.
• It's a West Coast/Midwest thing. You wouldn't understand.
• Richardson lost out to Pierce for a role as Puck in the NBA's top-secret players only production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Then to make matters worse, Kevin Garnett was named Pierce's understudy even though he didn't audition. Richardson became bitter and stopped pursuing his thespian dreams altogether. That's why he calls them "actresses."
To be completely honest, all of these are quite feasible. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it was some combination of each scenario. That would explain a lot. Then again, maybe I'm just crazy. However, if I'm right, maybe we can mend some fences.