Last June, Kevin Garnett became a lot of things: a champion, a surefire Hall
of Famer, a Boston hero. But in the months since, the feeling swirling
around courts and the blogosphere is that he's become something else, too: a
bully. To some seasoned NBA watchers, this respected court leader is now an
arrogant, trash-talking cheap-shot artist.
The litany of offenses is long. He got down on all fours to bark at Blazers
rookie Jerryd Bayless. He finger-wagged in the face of Raptor Jose Calderon.
He dropped Warrior Marco Belinelli with an ill-intentioned pick. He aimed an
elbow at Bobcat Adam Morrison during a break in play. He threw a subtle
punch at Buck Andrew Bogut.