KG to Media: "I'm Not an Egotistical Guy"

HOUSTON – Kevin Garnett stated Wednesday night that Sunday will be the final All-Star game of his career. Here’s a piece of advice concerning that comment: Don’t read into it.


Kevin Garnett spoke to the media Friday afternoon and clarified his comments from Wednesday night.
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As he sat at his personal podium for Friday’s All-Star media availability, Garnett was clobbered with questions regarding Wednesday’s remarks. He made those comments after a hard fought victory over the Chicago Bulls and many quick-to-judge media members took his statements out of context. He was not referencing retirement. Not one bit.

“No, no, no,” Garnett said on Friday after being asked if Wednesday’s comments were made on the basis of retirement. “I’m just telling you all that every year you make it (to an All-Star game), this is not something that you take for granted. That’s all I was saying.”

Garnett was being humble, not hoary.

This is a man who has now been voted into 15 All-Star games. He understands that he’s an unbelievable player. Likewise, he also gets the fact that there are plenty of up-and-coming players in the NBA who deserve All-Star nods, too. Making an All-Star team is not an easy thing to accomplish each season, particularly when you’re 36 years old and counting. That is what sparked Garnett’s comments on Wednesday.

“I’m not an egotistical guy or none of that,” Garnett said as he verbally pushed his prodders aside. “And I wasn’t just going to say that, ‘Yeah, by the way, I’m going to be an All-Star next year.’”

Many people want to believe that Garnett is arrogant enough to claim himself as an All-Star a year ahead of time, but he isn’t that type of person. Sure, KG may have a strong personality on the court, but as many players would advise, you shouldn’t let those images cloud your opinion of him.

“I know sometimes he gets a bad rap for being a tough guy on the floor, for talking a lot, but I think you put him at the head of that category of guys that when he’s on your team you love him, and if you’re playing against him you hate him,” said All-Star David Lee. “I think that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s something that should be respected.”

The NBA respects Garnett and Garnett respects the NBA. That is the sole reason for his comments on Wednesday. He’s not concerned with trying to figure out if he’ll make the All-Star team next season. He’s much more interested in soaking up the weekend at hand.

“To be honest, I’m more than grateful to be here,” he said. “I’m obviously honored and humble to have this opportunity to be here with this great class of guys. I wasn’t going to make a comment that I felt was out of hand to say that next year I would be this. Because next year no one knows.”

Garnett is not a fortune teller, and none of us are psychics. Enjoy this weekend along with KG, and while you’re at it, steer clear of trying to read into his thoughts.