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“I’m not gonna go out there and hurt somebody or win by all means” - when Tim Duncan threw shade at Kevin Garnett

Duncan may not have mentioned Garnett's name, but when you cue in words like "yeller," "screamer," "jumper," and "pusher," that sure sounds just like The Big Ticket.
Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan

Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are two of the best power forwards in NBA history. They've won championships, made it to the NBA Hall-of-Fame (on the same night in 2020), and were once the face of their specific franchises. Both superstars blazed the trail for today's power forwards and set the expectation of what it takes to be an all-time great in that position.

While these two power forward were transcendent in their own right, their approach to the game was the biggest difference between both players. Garnett was normally the loud one who loved to trash talk and iintimidatehis competitors. Meanwhile, Duncan preferred to be quiet and stay out of the spotlight on and off the court.

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Duncan addressed why he never trash-talked

When Duncan was asked why he approached the game in a silent but deadly way, the 5-time champion said that's basically just how he prefers it to be. He knows he's competitive but also expresses it calmly. Duncan said he chose not to show the world his competitiveness through trash talk, screaming, and jumping because that's not who he is, but instead by his performance on the court.

"I think I've always approached [the game] a different way. I think competitiveness is taken in a different ways by different people. I'm not a yeller and a screamer, a jumper, and a pusher," Duncan said in a rare 1-on-1 interview with Rashidi Clenance, an on-air personality for a Caribbean radio station. "I've been competitive from day one. It's in my nature. Whether people recognize that or not, I don't know how they can't. I'm not gonna go out there and try to hurt somebody or win by all means. But if it's up in the air, I'm gonna try harder than you to get it done," Duncan added.

TD vs. KG

Duncan may not have mentioned Garnett's name, but when you cue in words like "yeller," "screamer," "jumper," and "pusher," that sure sounds just like The Big Ticket. Both Duncan and Garnett have been compared throughout their careers, but the San Antonio Spurs forward has the bragging rights at the end of the day just because he has 4 more championships than KG.

Aside from championships, when Duncan and Garnett played against each other (both regular season and in the playoffs), Duncan won 33 out of 52 of their matchups. However, their averaged stats against each other aren't as lopsided, as Duncan ranked up 19.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.0 blocks compared to Garnett's 19.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks.

Nevertheless, considering all the championships, individual awards, and victories, safe to say that the silent but deadly superstar outdueled his fierce and bullying counterpart on the court. 

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