Spike Lee Says Kevin Garnett Needs to 'Calm the F**k Down'
In a recent interview with ESPNNewYork.com, Lee was asked what his most memorable conversation was with a player during a game. He cited a "nasty" discussion with Reggie Miller, but also spoke of a expletive-filled clash with Garnett where the power forward "lost it."
"(Garnett) was cursing me out for no reason," Lee said of the incident earlier this season. "Maybe because (Amare) Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I'm not holding you and I did not even say s**t to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f**k down."
Lee went on to call Garnett's language "disrespectful" and said he "would never do nothing like that to him."
This isn't the first time Garnett has been involved in a tiff on the court. In January, Garnett hit Phoenix's Channing Frye in the groin and was ejected. Suns coach Alvin Gentry lost respect for the power forward, saying "there is no place for what he was doing in our game." No apology was sent by Garnett.
And recently, Garnett was involved in an on-the-court incident with Dallas guard J.J. Barea in which he delivered a one-handed shove to the Mavs' guard after a hard foul by the guard under the basket. Garnett then proceeded to swat referee Eric Lewis' arm after the official went to warn Garnett.
In response to Lee's comments, Celtics coach Doc Rivers also had this to add: "That means he's on their mind, that's fine by me. Kevin does nothing wrong, he plays the game the right way. I think all these people that call him out would take him on their team right now. Other than that, I could care less about that stuff."
The Knicks next play the Celtics at Madison Square Garden on March 21. Stoudemire has averaged 33.0 points against the Celtics in their first two meetings -- and Lee says he's ready for any temper tantrums that may surface in the next match up.
"I'm going to get him that time," Lee said.