The AJC has a report from an event at which Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon, Jr. -- a man no stranger to the Hawks-Celtics history -- spoke and lamented the lack of fouls being called on the Celtics, a team he calls 'old', and singled out everyone's favorite villain, Kevin Garnett.
"We don't get any calls, which I know everybody always hears," Gearon said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But I'll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we're athletic."
Gearon kind of slips the shot at Garnett in without context. Kind of like making a diatribe against eating unhealthy and tossing in, "Wendy's has the worst drive-thru."
Garnett made the Hawks "pay" and specifically called Gearon out after dispatching the Hawks to the playoff roadside.
Hmmm, wonder if Kevin still thinks about that?
Did he stutter?
Here's the quote again in case you've gotten into work trouble in the past or with your parents and can't access YouTube (bold emphasis mine):
5. Quote Of The Night
"The competition, the naysayers, the owners who talk too much. The people who don't think a 36-year-old can do what I do. I take a lot of pride in my craft, I work really hard at my craft everyday, and I'm a true professional."
-- Kevin Garnett, identifying what motivates him after taking a Game 5 win over Miami.
As much as Gearon has tried to make himself the public face of the frachise, a trait many have been begging for from ownership of this team, by the way, I think he can write "bad-mouth opposition" next to "blaming the AJC" and "trying to sell the fans that it's not ownership that's wrong with the franchise" as items that probably don't need to come up again in any public forum.