Kevin Garnett, Janet Jackson and the $126 million dollar question
Kevin Garnett suited up for the Boston Celtics for six seasons. The biggest member of the Big Three, which included KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, Garnett and company won the 2007-2008 NBA Championship. This year, the Big Ticket’s former team soldiers on in its own push deep into the playoffs. While Garnett hung up his high-tops after the 2015-2016 season, it’s worth remembering a few of the best KG anecdotes.
“In 1997, Garnett, then just 21, negotiated a massive six-year, $126 million contract extension that many believe helped cause the ensuing lockout. It was life-changing money. And yet, his agent couldn’t find him to actually finalize the deal because he was demoing a new Janet Jackson album. "We’re listening to Janet’s album," Garnett said. Jam was previewing a copy of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope for Garnett. "Could we do it a little later?" he asked Fleisher. (Boys Among Men, a book by Jonathan Abrams; Photo: Twitter)
“One day we were at his house and we were watching Puff Daddy's show Making the Band, and in one of the scenes, some new guys came in and were trying to sing and were trying to compete against the guys who had been there. And KG just got so hyped, "Motherfucker, you've got to stand up for yours! You've got to fight! Motherfucker, you've got to come together!" He's going crazy, he's sweaty. And he just head butts the wall and put a hole in the wall of his house.” (Tyronn Lue; Photo: Wikimedia)
“Timing is everything, and chemistry is something that you don't just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y'all know what I'm talking about. If y'all can't cook, this doesn't concern you.” (Kevin Garnett; Photo: Wikimedia)
“Before Game 6 in the (2008) Finals when we beat the Lakers, I walked in the locker room, and Kevin gets [hyped] up to where sometimes he goes over the line. You could see it. I had him come in my office and sit. He's sitting there five, 10, 15 minutes. I don't say a word. I just go back to work. He's moving around and finally he says, "I'm in a timeout. I'm in timeout."’ (Doc Rivers; Photo: Wikimedia)
"Too much coffee and Gatorade. It's a hell of a mix. If you're ever tired in the morning, just try that mix, and tell me what you think." (Kevin Garnett; Photo: Wikimedia)
“Game 7, man. This is it. This is all the marbles. I'm sittin in the house, I'm loadin' up the pump. I'm loadin' up the Uzi, I got a couple M-16s, couple nines, got a couple joints with some silencers on 'em, I'm just loadin up clips. Got a couple grenades, couple missile launchers, with, you know, a couple missiles. I'm ready for war.” (Kevin Garnett; Photo: Wikimedia)
"If I was a Caesar salad, the croutons would be my friends, the lettuce would be my family and the dressing itself would be my mom. Because you can have the lettuce and the croutons, and it can be called a Caesar, but until you have the dressing and it actually tastes like a Caesar. . . ." (Kevin Garnett; Photo: Twitter)
"Before the jump ball, he goes to the sections of the fans and is like [pounding his chest several times], "Motherf-----s!" He'll say a whole lot of [stuff]. And the fans just go crazy. And then he started getting cheers and, and you feed off that, right?" (Kendrick Perkins; Photo: Wikimedia)
"Most guys, you get warmed up but you're gonna have a slight sweat. Well, he'd have a full sweat, like he already played four quarters of a game. That’s just him getting his mind right, getting his body right, ready to go. Everybody's got their routine. That's his routine." (Paul Pierce; Photo: Wikimedia)
...and a final reminder of KG's beautiful insanity: Kevin Garnett bit Joakim Noah on an inbounds play then copped to it after the game. (Photo: Wikimedia)
A full list of anecdotes attesting to this fact is impossible, but we’d like to present some of the choicest morsels for you to savor during these NBA Playoffs.
The 15-time All-Star’s statistical averages are impressive 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. His longevity, 21 years in the league, is notable as well. Certainly, Garnett is a first-ballot NBA Hall of Famer, but more than this, he was a singular, fearsome, and overwhelmingly intense personality during his two decades on the hardwood.