Michael is the greatest, Shaq is most dominant, Steph is the best shooter, Kyrie probably has the best handles, but no one comes close to Kevin Garnett when we talk about intensity. Doc Rivers said he would never run a play for KG for the first 5 minutes of a game because he was so amped up Garnett would probably shatter the backboard if he got the chance. That's not even the craziest Doc story about KG - the one about sitting out a practice session is probably my favorite. But out of all the crazy KG stories, the Honey Nut Cheerios is perhaps the most notorious, and KG wants to set the record straight.
"I’ve never said anything about anyone’s family."
On the off chance you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a quick recap. It's January 7th, 2016. The Celtics are in the Garden playing the Knicks. With 3 minutes to go in the game, KG and Carmelo Anthony get into it, and it seems that the entire night of intense play is coming to a climax. Jalen Rose calls these "Hooooold me back moments," when guys don't really intend to come to blows but are just posturing to protect their frail macho egos. But later, we heard that Melo was waiting for the Celtics in the tunnel near their bus and had to be stopped by security.
All we heard from Melo was that KG said, "something you just don't say to men, another man." Out of all the theories about what KG said, the dominant one involved Melo's wife La La Anthony, Carmelo's wife. The story was that KG told Melo his wife tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. The couple was going through a rough period at the time, which made it an extra-sensitive topic, and people just bought into the story.
Then Garnett touches on one of his more notorious skirmishes, the time he allegedly said some very personal things about Carmelo Anthony’s then-wife, La La, during a game: “I’ve never said anything about anyone’s family. I’ve never said anything to Melo about La La. I’m a Frosted Flakes man. I’m not a Honey Nut Cheerios guy. I never knew where that came from. Let me clear that up.”
Mihcael Pina, GQ
La La herself already stated that the media fabricated this, and our own Sven Stanko met KG in Shanghai years ago and asked Garnett the same thing. His response proved Garnett is consistent in his story and love for Frosted Flakes.
KG opened up about some of his other regrets in the interview. The first group was about taking it a bit easier in the trash-talking department at times. But Garnett didn't seem like he had that many regrets about his intensity, verbal and physical, during games. "I'm a dragon. I'm out here [breathes fire]."
The thing that seems to haunt KG to this day is as expected, giving Minessota too much time to figure it out. Everyone wondered when one of the best power forwards would find a better team while he was wasting his prime with the Wolves. But Garnett is all about loyalty - that's why he still can't make up with Ray Allen. Looking back, two questions linger with The Big Ticket.
"I've often wondered what playing with [Kobe] would've been like. Beside [Kobe], you know? What would we have been like? If playing with [Paul Pierce] was like this, then playing with [Kobe] would've been like what?" Garnett's voice is barely above a whisper. "I often wonder too, [about] coming to Boston earlier, in '04, '05... I play with that idea."
Going to Boston earlier would've been massive. KG and Kobe? I can't even go there.