Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah on Kevin Garnett: ‘I don’t like him’

Bulls center Joakim Noah has made it clear that he dislikes Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

"Kevin Garnett will not — will not — get a Christmas gift from me," Noah said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I don’t like him."

The feud started during last season’s playoffs.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s little love lost between Joakim Noah and Kevin Garnett. In fact, there’s none whatsoever.

By publicly calling out Garnett, Noah is supporting fellow New Yorker and friend Charlie Villanueva, who was embroiled in a nasty tweet off with The Big Ticket last week.

Of course, there’s more to it. These two are rivals.

Noah’s Bulls are an up-and-coming squad expected to challenge established contenders. Garnett’s Celtics are the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Noah and Garnett have much in common: they both are defensive anchors; they both are known league-wide as tough guys; and they both have never shied away from talking a little smack.

However, Noah is developing into a blue-collar star, while Garnett – a former MVP and perennial All-Star – is the downside of his career.

Noah’s comments are a case of him, the student, challenging Garnett, the master.

–Oly Sandor.

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