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Kevin Garnett Refused Lakers Due to Kobe-Jackson Feud

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said he was anticipating a trade the Lakers when he was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007, but the feud between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson made him think twice about going to Los Angeles.

“What disturbed me about the whole Lakers situation was just Kobe and Phil at the time,” Garnett told Dan Patrick. “They were at each other pretty bad, and a new situation full of uncertainty wasn’t something that I wanted to get into.”

Garnett instead was traded to the Boston Celtics, who won the 2008 NBA championship, coincidentally against the Lakers. Garnett helped Boston reach the NBA Finals again in 2010, this time also against the Lakers, but Los Angeles prevailed in an exciting 7-game series.

However, according to Kelly Dwyer (@KDonHoops) Garnett wasn’t fully in control of his future NBA team. “Having an issue with the KG-to-LA thing. He didn’t have a no-trade clause in 2007. And he wasn’t a free agent. What, again, was his call?”

The Timberwolves could have shipped Garnett to whatever team they wanted to, so is it fair to say Garnett could have landed in L.A. if Kobe and Jackson weren’t fighting? Yes, Garnett could have swayed the Minnesota front office with his opinion, but at the end of the day the team would have made the trade that benefited them the best.

One area where Garnett did hold some leverage was his willingness to sign an extension with whatever team acquired him. Many teams were wary of trading away some of their top young players without the guarantee that Garnett would stick around for an extended stay. Garnett’s decision not to sign an extension with the Lakers certainly could have influenced Los Angeles’ decision to trade for him.

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  • Guest

    We all know Kevin McHale (Wolves’ GM @ the time) was never going to trade Garnett to the Lakers.  He always wanted to help his buddy and former teammate Danny Ainge in Boston.  Thanks for the interest, but I’ll take the spaniard and two titles!

    • Gee

      KG in green is better anyhow, winning a title with peeps well over their prime is more impressive than with best coach and player by your side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002620413755 Martina Kienzle

    I can’t imagine KG in purple an gold, wouldn’t fit him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENX4BOL6XEE7EGY7MH65GCSAOM JayR

    i am glad the ball wasnt in his court. trash talking kg isnt one of my favourite people

  • Fdskh

    Dan Patrick gets the best interviews out of people

  • Fdskh

    Dan Patrick gets the best interviews out of people

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000285574475 Sergito Arriaga

    if Malone and Payton wore the gold and purple, it is much easier for a Twolve player to be a laker. Lakers and Utah was a big rivalry in the late 90′s, with Malone being #1 enemy

  • http://www.facebook.com/freytes Nelson Freytes

    See, everything happens for a reason! I didn’t like kg before he was traded to boston and don’t like him after. Thank God for that feud and for keeping kg a non-LAKER!

  • Bpmatt1

    You all are crazy!! I’d take trash talking defense plating KG over pau any day!! Talks tough and plays tough!

  • CAF150

    And that’s why he’ll only end up with 1 ring for his career and be regarded as top notch trash talker & cheap shot artist!! Thank god this trade didn’t happen!!

  • http://twitter.com/Diandra_M Diandra M.

    He’s not worthy enough to wear our colors anyway.  That disgusting green fits him just fine.

    • Integrityupgrades

      AMEN! please, someone remove that picture of him wearing our PURPLE AND GOLD on this site, it might give people the wrong idea!

  • Nesanchez82

    KG will go down in NBA history as a dirty player who only got 1 ring on his resume. I hated him in Minnesota, and I hate him even more as a Celtic!

    • Mary temple

      WHEN GOD BLESS SOMEONE,NO ONE CAN CAURSE HIM. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE MORE YOU HATE KG,  THE MORE GOD BLESS HIM. THEIR ARE PLAYRES WHO DONT HAVE ANY RING,SO THANK GOD THAT HE HAH ONE.TRY TO LOVE PEOPLE THAT YOU HATE.

      • Dexter Brylle

        That’s why Kobe has 5 rings. Keep the hate comin, haters!

    • Dexter Brylle

      That’s why Kobe has 5 rings. Keep the hate comin, haters!

  • tork

    well i was disgusted to see purple and gold on beloved garnett. Please take that pic out, he is one true celtic, and will remain like that forever as a lakers basher….

  • Tritan

    Even with the picture, still can’t imagine KG with the lakers

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