The Big ... Bully

Originally Published: January 29, 2009
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine
Last June, Kevin Garnett became a lot of things: a champion, a surefire Hall of Famer, a Boston hero. But in the months since, the feeling swirling around courts and the blogosphere is that he's become something else, too: a bully. To some seasoned NBA watchers, this respected court leader is now an arrogant, trash-talking cheap-shot artist.

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Elsa/Getty ImagesKevin Garnett's antics have given him the rep of a Boston bully.
The litany of offenses is long. He got down on all fours to bark at Blazers rookie Jerryd Bayless. He finger-wagged in the face of Raptor Jose Calderon. He dropped Warrior Marco Belinelli with an ill-intentioned pick. He aimed an elbow at Bobcat Adam Morrison during a break in play. He threw a subtle punch at Buck Andrew Bogut.