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Kevin Garnett

Clearly, Kevin Garnett is a lightning rod. Whether it his gesticulations and jawing after, well, anything good for the Celtics happens, or his desire to get under the opponent’s skin, KG is obviously no longer the gentle giant he was portrayed to be while in Minnesota. Furthermore, he seems to embrace this new “bad guy” persona, and he never misses a chance to try and get under the skin of whichever opponent he’s around.

Just ask Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva for the most current confirmation. Garnett dunked in Bogut’s general vicinity and decided to pop his elbow out, and into Bogut’s chest after he landed. Bogut was none-to-pleased and let KG know about it:

Love him or hate him, Garnett knows what he’s doing.

As for the Villanueva/cancer patient situation, Garnett clarified his remarks, saying he told Villanueva, who suffers from alopecia, he did not call him a cancer patient. Instead, Garnett offered this version of what went down:

“My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”

Damn, dude. That’s a pretty insulting bit of trash-talking to drop on somebody, so bad, in fact, that it has to go past a simple trash-talking back-and-forth.

It sounds like there’s some personal dislike going on between the two.

Of course, with Detroit struggling mightily since the season opened, and the Celtics looking like one of the best teams in the East, Garnett probably doesn’t give much of a damn about Villanueva or his Pistons.