It’s become en vogue in NBA circles to criticize Kevin Garnett, attacking one of the game’s fiercest competitors’ character.
The latest person to do so is Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. In what may be an attempt to lobby for calls in the rest of the Hawks’ series with the Celtics, Gearon Jr. complained (or whined, depending on how you look at it) to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the officiating.
“On top of all that, we don’t get any calls, which I know everybody always hears,” he said. “But I’ll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old, physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston [in Game 5] and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we’re athletic.”
Gearon isn’t the first person to criticize Garnett in this series even. Ivan Johnson also called Garnett a dirty player earlier in the series.
For what it’s worth, the Celtics were called for more fouls in Game 4 (a win at home), while the Hawks were whistled for more fouls in Game 5 (also, a win at home).