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Spike Lee: Kevin Garnett needs to ‘calm the f#%$ down’

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 7, 2011 @ 5:29 pm In General | 6 Comments

If Kevin Garnett [1] didn’t already have March 21 circled on his calendar, you can bet he will very soon.

Because that’s when the Celtics [2] next visit the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, where director and noted Knicks fan Spike Lee will no doubt be sitting in the front row.

In an interview [3] with ESPN.com, Spike Lee claimed Garnett cursed him out “for no reason” and suggested the All-Star Celtics forward should “calm the f#%$ down” …

“When I go to the games, it’s to have fun. I’m respectful. If I say a player missed a shot, that’s not talking about your mother, your family; it’s all good nature. The players enjoy talking to me and I enjoy talking to them. 

“But this last time against Boston — you know that game where they disallowed [Amare] Stoudemire‘€™s 3? — Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I’m not holding you, and I did not even say s#!@ to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f#%$ down.”

And Lee didn’t stop there. Here’s the rest of his exchange with blogger Jared Zwerling:

  • JZ: “Well, you know what? It came back to bite him in the butt, because STAT [Stoudemire] is starting for the East in the All-Star Game, and KG is not.”
  • SL: “Next time they come is on March 21. So, look, I don’t like the Celtics, but I respect Doc [Rivers]. Doc’s a good friend. You know I love Ray Allen [4]. I hate the Celtics, but look, they’ve got good guys on that team. I’ve got friends on that team. Nate [Robinson]’€™s on the team. But Garnett needs to calm the f#%$ down. There’s no reason he should be cursing at me the way he did the last game. So you can put that in the article. It was disrespectful and I would never do nothing like that to him.”
  • JZ: “That’s crazy. Garnett has definitely had his share of temper tantrums — no question about that.”
  • SL: “I’m not even playing, and I didn’t say nothing to him the whole game anyway. So, if you’re mad, start cursing out STAT, Stoudemire. But you’re not going to do that s#!@ because Stoudemire’€™s not going to take it. So he cursed at me and I’€™m 5-foot-6 ½, 150 pounds. What he was saying was worse than Reggie Miller [5]. It was uncalled for.”
  • JZ: “We’ll all be ready for that next game.”
  • SL: “I’m going to get him that time.”

So, to summarize Lee’s conversation: 1) he sat angelically on the sideline as Garnett unleashed an unprovoked verbal assault on him; 2) there’s no reason to use vulgarity, but Garnett should calm the f#%$ down; and 3) Garnett should turn his trash talk to Stoudemire, but Lee’s going to “get him” next time. Gotcha, Spike. Appreciate the unbiased analysis.

Now that Miller is retired — and about to be eclipsed by Ray Allen for the NBA’s all-time 3-point record — Lee needs a new feud to stay relevant. Because recent movies like “She Hate Me” and “Bamboozled” aren’t doing the job.


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[1] Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm

[2] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[3] an interview: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/2411/spike-lee-interview-part-1-on-the-knicks

[4] Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm

[5] Reggie Miller: http://media.weei.com/basketball/reggie-miller.htm

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