I don’t like this one bit. The fact that I even had to spend my early waking hours photoshopping this pissed me off. It made my coffee taste bitter and I couldn’t bear to even take a bite of my toaster strudel.
But the Celtics and Marbury are apparently interested in each other.
That still depends largely on Marbury’s ability to negotiate his release from the Knicks after weeks of fruitless and oft-contentious buyout talks, but sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com this week that Boston is Marbury’s preferred destination if he manages to become a free agent and that the Celtics are indeed hopeful of signing him.
Of course Marbury wants to come here so he can stick it to the Knicks. And I can see how a GM would want to sign a guy with his talent when he’ll probably come over for the veteran minimum. But I don’t like what he’ll bring to this locker room. Then again… he’ll be easy to cut if need be and it’s not like these guys are singing kumbaya around the camp fire as it is.
Mark Murphy has more on the KG “tutorial” for Patrick O’Bryant we told you about yesterday.
Assistant coach Clifford Ray attempted to feed O’Bryant in the post as Garnett bumped the youngster with forearms to the chest, grabs at the neck and waist and anything else to make the backup center react.
“No foul,” said Garnett, staring O’Bryant down after one particularly heavy hack. “No foul, no foul, no foul.”
But it wasn’t over. Garnett stood, his face inches from O’Bryant’s under the basket, and he again pushed the kid in the chest and pointed his fingertips at his own temples.
Judging from the uneasy, hesitant look on O’Bryant’s face, he had no idea what was coming.
So Garnett scooped up the ball and dunked, swinging off the rim and landing right in front of O’Bryant. Then he repeated the violent motion.
“This is how I feel – this is how I feel,” he said before finally allowing O’Bryant to leave.
I think it’s officially time for people to stop trying to understand KG. He lives on a different planet. Operates on a different plane. He pulls emotion from some deep recess of his soul and converts it into raw, uncontainable energy. If science could harness it, he could probably power the entire Garden during the game. Patrick O’Bryant must have been confused as hell… but it’s a great lesson for him to learn.
Whatever talent you have (or had) is nothing in this league without some other-worldly drive to push you forward.
The Globe has its take on the lesson here (memo to the Globe, because I know you guys read us: update your page and feed. I shouldn’t have to go to Google news to find your stuff. Makes us not want to link to you.) WBZ has video of the guys running some 5 on 5 at practice.