Sometimes I just don’t get certain things in the NBA world nowadays and last night proved to one of the things I just don’t get.
My grandmother told me that saying when I was a kid and I cannot think of a better time to use it then discussing the way the Boston Celtics overreacted last night.
I have always had the utmost respect for the competitor that Garnett has been in his entire career but after hearing his comments about Humphries and the Nets today that respect has diminished a bit. Humphries simply stopped a layup, while the Nets were hammering the Celtics by 16 at the time, and Garnett “flopped” to the ground awkwardly and immediately looked to the ref for some love when the foul was not even close to being flagrant.
In the postgame Garnett said of the incident, “We have to protect each other. We consider ourselves family around here. Just a hard foul, I thought the antics after it were a bit extra, but it was a hard foul. We all back each other up here. This game had a lot of physicality to begin with. If you watched, it was obvious. This is the way they play, this is the style they want to establish. We have to adjust to it.”
What is he talking about?
Garnett is the “pot calling the kettle black” when Humphries is simply meeting his mental and physical game and plays the game with the same unrelenting passion that he has. Humphries is a self-made double-double guy for the last two years and works as hard or harder than anyone to make sure he never lacks intensity and strength.
It was not even a hard foul.
Garnett decided to let loose on Humphries during an interview on WEEI (via the Boston Globe). “Dude’s always been known to be out of control, he’s always tried to play the tough guy or whatever role you want to do it. We watched him on film the last time we played him in Brooklyn and he kind of gave Paul a similar type of foul, two hands, had something on it. Dude’s always been known to be out of control. He’s always tried to play the tough guy or whatever role you want to do it. It was a little extra, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the game…I guess they’re trying to hold up to the whole Brooklyn mentality.”
Right after the foul Rajon Rondo decided it was his job to push Humphries in the chest and a melee ensued into the stands for no reason at all. Rondo started something that he had no business being involved in and once again showed his immaturity and the Celtics in general showed their lack of ability to play the game with the respect while losing.
Rondo told reporters after practice on Thursday: “I’m not a dirty player.” although he was suspended twice last season for losing his temper.
Jason Terry decided that he would chime in on Humphries as well by saying, “That was unnecessary, some guys are tough and some guys pretend to be. He’s one that pretends to be. Maybe that’s the role Avery Johnson wants him to have.”
Rondo has been suspended two games without pay today by the NBA and Garnett will be fined $25,000 and the Nets’ Gerald Wallace $35,000 for their roles in the melee while Humphries was not fined or suspended and that was the one thing the NBA got correct.
The Nets are now 2-0 against the Celtics this year and stand at 10-4 in the Atlantic division.
John Paolantonio is a Featured Columnist for RantSports.com, covering the Brooklyn Nets. Follow John on twitter @pingshoops and like his page on FaceBook for all of his latest articles, thoughts, and rants.