Rumor: Tim Duncan “Hates” Kevin Garnett
Why do Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett hate each other?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I’d be afraid of KG if I was Timmy.
Tim Duncan apparently has a long-standing hatred of Kevin Garnett and the feeling is most definitely mutual. Duncan is regarded as one of the most respected and honest players in the game. He is described as a good sportsman. Garnett, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the dirtiest players in the league. He is loud, obnoxious, and always talking trash. Is it really any surprise these two guys hate each other?
Both played in the Western Conference together for most of their careers before KG joined the Celtics, so they had plenty of time to play against each other and plenty of time to hate each other through an assortment of trash talking and wild elbows.
The differences don’t stop there though. Duncan is a college graduate and highly decorated student athlete from Wake Forrest University, while Kevin Garnett never attended college. KG went straight from high school to the pros. Tim Duncan has a spotless record and is a model citizen, while KG was arrested for 2nd degree lynching while in high school due to a racially charged fight. He was regarded by many college and pro scouts as a risk due to his attitude and poor performance in the classroom.
These two big men handle themselves completely different on the court and off. Duncan is reserved, goes about his business, and rarely has a negative word for his opponent or the ref. Garnett is regarded as one of the meanest trash talkers ever. He’s been accused of talking smack about player’s wives and coaches with cancer. He is always listed in the top 5 dirtiest players in the league and likely of all time. Is it any wonder these two guys hate each other? Is it any surprise Duncan will willingly admit he’s not a fan of Garnett?