Was Garnett snubbing Allen justified?
Kevin Garnett had no love for Ray Allen last night in the Miami Heat’s 120-107 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call: Both Garnett and Allen stayed true to who they are.
When Ray Allen checked into last night’s game with 2:45 left in the first quarter, he went over to the Celtics bench to slap hands with some of his former teammates. When he went to dap up Kevin Garnett, however, Garnett completely ignored him. Not only did he not slap five with Allen, but Garnett didn’t even acknowledge his former teammates presence. In fact, he never even looked at him. It was pretty interesting to watch for anyone who managed to catch it. And in my opinion, it gave anyone who witnessed it a pretty good inisight into the personalities of these two future hall of famers.
Everyone in and around the league knows one thing about Ray Allen: the man is a class act. In my opinion, it would be extremely difficult to find a classier guy and a better ambassador for the game of basketball than Allen. The amount of respect he has is well deserved. He has always been a competitor, while managing to do so with an element of grace and genuineness. And while he may have been frustrated in Boston and decided to leave for their arch rival as a result, when he went to reach out to a few of his teammates last night, including KG, he was exemplifying the kind of guy he is. The classiest kind.
Kevin Garnett, however; isn’t known for being that same type of guy. But I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with that. Garnett has always been a hard nosed, rough around the edges, competitor. It’s a known fact that he’s the same way in interviews, in practices, and in games. He takes competing very seriously; perhaps even more serious than most and I have a lot of respect for that. So I’m not surprised that he snubbed Allen when Allen went to shake his hand last night. I’m not surprised he didn’t even look at him while Allen proceeded to give him an awkward pat on the back. He is who he has always been and I can appreciate the genuineness in that too.
Despite the snub, Allen finished the game on the winning end with 19 points in 30 minutes of play. Garnett grabbed 12 rebounds but was quiet on offense, finishing with just nine points.
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