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Irish Coffee: The Kevin Garnett controversy timeline

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The first time I can remember controversy around Kevin Garnett [2] was in 2004, when as a member of the Timberwolves [3] he said [4] he was going to break out grenades, missile launchers and M16’s to take down the Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Also in Minnesota, Garnett had confrontations against such immortal NBA legends as Mark Pope, Anthony Peeler, Rick Rickert, Francisco Elson and Tyrone Nesby. Those issues haven’t subsided in Boston, where his latest dust-up came Friday against the Mavericks — and nearly again Sunday when Hedo Turkoglu [5] knocked Garnett to the ground.

As a result, I figured it was time we sorted these incidents out in a timeline of his indiscretions:

Now, I’m sure there’s been some incidents I forgot. Feel free to jog my memory.


In the aftermath of Sunday’s scary incident involving Marquis Daniels, players from around the NBA expressed their concern for the Celtics guard’s well-being — a testimony to how respected Daniels is around the league. Here are just a couple tributes from Twitter:

Absent from that list is LeBron James [34], who was probably already at the Super Bowl [35] party he told refs [36] he had to get to during the Heat’s victory over the Clippers on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Daniels Tweeted this from his own account: “Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. I salute each and every one of you guys. I’m God-strong, so I’ll pull through again, and I thank everyone. #beleedat.”

That fall has stuck with me over the last 24 hours. You never want to see anybody go down like that, especially somebody so respectful and respectable as Daniels. Well wishes.


It’s no secret that Kendrick Perkins‘ contract comes to a conclusion at the end of this season, and it’s no secret that the Celtics want him back in Green next year. But does Perkins want to remain in Boston or seek what would likely be a bigger payday elsewhere?

Well, the Boston Herald reported [38] over the weekend that the Celtics have already offered Perkins a contract extension, and the center has (understandably) turned it down:

Perkins is one of those impending free agents staring into the great unknown of next summer, when NBA owners hope to take a serious bite out of existing pay scales, and are prepared to lock out players and fans to save that money.

According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA’€™s current restrictions — a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more.

You can hardly blame Perkins for turning down a contract extension. He has little leverage now, as he’s only now returning from rehab on an ACL tear last June. And he’ll have all the leverage this June, if he continues to prove he’s back to pre-injury form.

Meanwhile, Celtics Town’s Jay King asked Perkins [39] if he could envision himself playing anywhere but Boston. Perkins, as usual, didn’t pull any punches:

‘€œI really can’€™t, you know. I think about this every day. I tell my wife that I just can’€™t picture myself anywhere but Boston. Obviously, I want to be here. But I’€™m just trying to finish this season healthy, just trying to finish this season strong. Then, whatever happens, happens.”

Apparently, the Heat will be among Perkins’ suitors [40] in the offseason, so he’ll have options.


Remember when Magic president of basketball operations Otis Smith essentially called [42] the Celtics “fake tough”? Well, he’s not the only member of the Orlando organzation who feel that way. His coach and players agree. At least, it sounds that way.

Here’s what Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told [43] the Orlando Sentinel of what Sentinel writer Brian Schmitz called the C’s “yakety-yak, ref-baiting and bullying tactics”: 

“Extracurricular B.S. They create it and the other team can’t play through it.”

And here’s what a couple Magic players told [44] ESPN.com’s Peter May following the C’s victory:

Quentin Richardson on his comments last spring that Pierce and Garnett are “actresses”: “I’m not going there again. But a lot of people called me and liked it. Everyone knows how they play, some of the stuff they do. You’ve got eyes. You saw it. It’s not always good.”

Dwight Howard [45] on whether the C’s antics are worse than other teams: “Yeah. But they get away with it.”


Prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl, there was a basketball game between the Celtics and Magic. And the C’s defeated Orlando to win their season series. Mike Petraglia, Paul Flannery and I were all on hand. Here’s what we uncovered in the aftermath:

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