When Charles Barkley tried to razz Kevin Garnett on Inside the NBA on Friday night, there’s no way he thought KG was going to come back with some fire like this. But then again, maybe don’t try to go in on one of the greatest trash talkers of a generation, because you might get burnt.
Barkley started things by trying to give Garnett a hard time about getting into the Hall of Fame. Chuck was jokingly trying to rally his compatriots — many of whom have a Hall of Fame vote — into saying they were on the fence about electing Garnett to the hall when he becomes eligible in 2021.
“Kevin, you a borderline hall-of-famer,” Barkley said before Garnett quickly took over.
KG’s response was perfect.
“I’m a champion too,” Garnett shot back. “Shaq you a champion, Gary [Payton] you a champion, Kenny [Smith] you a champion. You know, Chuck, you almost a champion. Borderline champion.”
Garnett’s ether of Barkley was so good Gary Payton couldn’t stop himself from giggling uncontrollably.
Long Live Kevin Garnett.
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.