No, that's not one of KG's expletives in the headline. NBA.com blogger Sekou Smith asked that very question of writers, in light of his latest flashpoint this season: An on-court war of words with Knicks star Carmelo "Anything but Melo" Anthony that earned them both technicals and led to an off-court confrontation. It comes on the heels of his shove of Kris Humphries and his embrace of ex-coach Kevin McHale.
Former Star Tribuner Steve Ashburner gave what might be a spoken-word poem of Garnett:
An all-timer. A throwback. A salty dude. Overly chippy on occasion. A great example for young players in terms of two-way play, competitiveness, loyalty to your team and feistiness toward opponents. Underrated for about a dozen seasons for his abilities as a passer and to defend five positions when necessary. Tightly wound. Vulgar to the max as a trash talker (remarkably creative, though, at times). A guy I want on my team. Future inductee in Springfield. One of the most fascinating athletes I’ve covered.
Other ways that the NBA.com writers summed up Garnett: "Man-beast," "one of a kind," "potentially dangerous," "a guy you want on your side with everything on the line." How would you describe him? You can read the whole thing here.
Adrian Peterson's near record-setting season was judged by an independent observer -- the very savvy Joe Posnanski -- as the ninth best season by a running back. When you look at the statistical evidence, you might agree. Or, you might not.
Posnanski's story appears in the Sports on Earth blog.
Minnesota Duluth football coach Bob Nielson, who led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Division II championships, is leaving the Port City to be football coach at Western Illinois.
Nielson, 100-26 as football coach, is also UMD's athletic director. He is 53.
The Duluth News-Tribune report is here.
As you might imagine, reaction in the Badger State to the report Bret Bielema took the head football job at Arkansas came fast and furious Tuesday afternoon. A quick read through message boards and comment streams associated with stories here, here and here run the gamut.
From the Houston Chronicle's Ultimate Rockets blog, posted Tuesday night:
Rockets players and coaches did not know if they could help but were certain they had to try. They knew they had to be there for Kevin McHale and his family.
About 40 members of the team, coaches and staff flew to Minneapolis immediately after Tuesday’s game to attend the funeral of McHale’s daughter, Sasha, who died on Saturday at 23 of complications of the disease Lupus.
“It’s real important,” Patrick Patterson said. “We have to support coach McHale. He’s a priority. He’s part of this family. His family is part of our family. We have to show him that we care, that we love him, each and every one of them.
“I believe and I hope it helps from the standpoint of support. There’s not too much words can really do, but knowing people are there supporting, knowing you have a family, a team, an organization behind you and understands what you’re going through, that’s what we want to show coach McHale and the McHale family. We love them and we’re here for them.”
There was a moment of silence “to honor Sasha’s life” before the pregame introductions for Tuesday’s game, with a photo of Sasha McHale filling the video boards at the center of the arena. Rockets players wore a green band on a purple background on their uniform shoulders. The organization chose green because it was Sasha McHale’s favorite color and purple to signify the Lupus Foundation.
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