The mindset of NBA players has changed pretty radically over the past 25-years; as Free Agency and players sharing the same agent, have pretty much erased the old taboo, concerning fraternizing with members of opposing teams. Many times before the opening tip in a contest in the Association; it looks like a love-fest on the hardwood, as opponents exchange handshakes and hugs. According to the “Boston Globe,” that will not be the case for Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett, when his former teammate Ray Allen and the Miami Heat match-up against the Celtics. The veteran told reporters on Friday, that he has broken off contact with the former member of the “New Big Three“.
Garnett and Allen, acquired by Boston in two separate deals in the Summer of 2007; and along with Celtics All-Star forward Paul Pierce, led the club to an NBA Championship in 2008. Both players became Free Agents this past summer, with Garnett signing on for another stint with the squad, while Allen eschewed the offer from Boston, choosing to sign a deal with the Heat instead.
The “Big Ticket” was asked by reporters if he had contacted his former teammate, since he had signed with the reigning NBA Champions. Garnett replied “I have not. I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate, just trying to be honest with everybody in here. It’s not wishing him less than or whatever, it’s just what it is. I choose not to. That’s a choice I personally made. I’m very close to Ray. I’m close to his family. I wish nothing but the best for he and his family, but I’m just making a choice of my own. When a guy makes a decision based on him and his family, you can’t ever get upset with that. My personal feelings, I put into it. The only thing I’ll say is I wish Ray the best and that’s where it’s at.”
Kevin Garnett has displayed many times during the course of his career in the Association; that he is a “throw-back type of player“; more reminiscent of an earlier era in the NBA. He has shown that with his play on the court and with his statements and reactions; so this really should not come as a shock to those who have followed his career since turning Pro.
There will be those who will criticize, the Celtics veteran for taking this stand; I for one, will not be joining that faction. Loyalty is a two-way street and instead of being “Politically Correct,” he is expressing his true feelings.