COMMENTARY | The Boston Celtics are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA, with plenty of Hall of Fame players and 17 championships.
Some of the best players to ever play in the league have worn a Boston uniform at one point or another, including Larry Bird and Bill Russell. As is the case with every team, there are plenty of Celtics that have been hated by fans from other teams around the league.
At the top of that list is the screaming, head-bumping, trash-talking Kevin Garnett.
Anyone who watches Garnett knows that he brings the word intensity to an entirely new level. It's rare to see a player who's game is built mostly on skill, yelling and banging his head against the ball. It's one thing to see a hustle player do this, and it's another to see a superstar do it. The hate for Garnett starts at his borderline annoying intensity level, but there are plenty of other factors that make him the most hated player in Boston's history.
Trash talking is common in the NBA, as is the case with all professional sports. It's no surprise that as one of the league's most fiery players, Garnett is also one of the most notorious trash-talkers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, except for the fact that Garnett has reportedly taken it way too far a few times. We'll never know exactly how any of these situations really played out, but the fact that there are several of them makes you wonder what is going on in Garnett's head sometimes.
The Charlie Villanueva incident is a sore subject for many, and understandably so. In 2010, Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient" during a game between the Celtics and Detroit Pistons. Villanueva has a medical condition that leads to hair loss, making this an extremely sore topic. While Garnett denied these were his words, many NBA fans lost a lot of respect for him. If true, Garnett clearly crossed the line by a mile here.
As if New York fans didn't like KG already, there was the incident with Carmelo Anthony during this past season. In the midst of yet another war of words during a game, KG and Melo got into it, and the situation even carried on after the game. Garnett allegedly brought LaLa Anthony into the trash talking, which enraged Melo. Much like the Villanueva incident, there is no way to know exactly what was said. However, in the eyes of fans, rumors are often enough to cause hatred.
Also, let's not forget the time that Garnett completely ignored Ray Allen after Allen joined the Miami Heat. After he left, there was plenty of chatter about the falling out between Allen and some members of the Celtics. Regardless of what really happened, Garnett had no interest in showing any love for his old teammate who he had won a ring with just a few years prior. Pretty cold, if you ask me.
If these incidents aren't enough, there are the constant reminders that KG is annoyingly passionate if he's not on your team. Watch this video if you would like a reminder of what I'm talking about. He goes so crazy sometimes that you can't help but wonder how mentally stable he is when there's a basketball in his hands.
There are certain players that are hated by almost every fan outside of his team's city. Garnett is the perfect example, and there are certainly even Boston fans who got fed up with his antics from time to time. It would be interesting to see how Celtics fans would have viewed Garnett if he had never brought a championship to town right away. As we all know, winning cures everything. I'm sure there are plenty of Brooklyn Nets fans who are currently trying to talk themselves into rooting for KG this coming season.
Kevin Garnett will not only be remembered as an all-time great and one of the biggest trash talkers, but also as the most hated player in Celtics history.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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