Listen, this has been escalating. First it was KG biting at Joakim Noah's hand, which was pretty hilarious. Then it was KG 'aggressively' blowing in David West's ear, which was childish, yet still mildly amusing. Now Garnett it literally trying to end up in an MMA fight in the middle of the basketball court. We all know Garnett is in the twilight of his career. Can't imagine he has anything more than one more year left in the tank, if that. The Nets, aren't worth a shit, despite what their $3 billion dollar payroll has to say, and Kevin is just going to do what Kevin wants to do. Why the hell not? What's the NBA going to do about it? Fine him? He has more money than he knows what to do with. Suspend him? His team sucks and he could probably use the rest anyway. So, if you give him a slap in the chest he's literally going to try to end your life on television. You know when old people stop giving a shit and just follow their natural instincts. Garnett's instincts are like that of a uncaged animal roaming the Sarengeti. He said it himself just weeks ago, he's pretty much 150 in dog years. Whatever feels right at the time is going to happen. Social perception be damned.
It's fairly obvious to everyone with functioning corneas that this entire sequence was Garnett's fault. Still, some part of me wants to blame Howard. At this point, Howard is such an unlikeable dickhead that I want to blame him for everything wrong in the world. In my mind he is patient zero for ebola. He's responsible for the terrorist attacks in France. Every time Dwight Howard says something stupid an angel loses it's wings. That's just science. How can I possibly blame KG? Everyone that follows sports has, at one point or another, wanted to throw a basketball at Dwight Howard, head butt him in the face, and call him a "bitch ass n…". Most of us just aren't lucky enough to ever be put in that position, and would fall about 3 feet short of being able to make it happen if we were. As far as I am concerned, Kevin Garnett can do whatever he wants to Dwight Howard and it would be justified. He could have ripped his heart clean out of his chest and ate it with his bare hands while sitting Indian style at half court, and I would cheer him on.
You know when NBA players do that thing where they start a confrontation, then intentionally get held back and make it look like they are still trying to fight. I couldn't be more sure that this circumstance is the complete opposite of that. There were no empty threats here. If someone let KG go there was going to be blood. If you watch the replay closely, Howards attempts to say "what are you going to do about it", and had Garnett's forehead right upside his jaw bone before he can even get the last word out. Don't poke the bear, and don't slap the psychopath. If there is anyone that could let him temper take him to extreme lengths it would be 'The Big Ticket'.