Kevin Garnett boasts Celtics ‘didn’t give a f***’ about LeBron James, broke him in 2010
It is without question that that former Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett is one of the most outspoken personalities in the NBA. In a recent guesting in Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer” podcast, KG was at it again. This time around, he had his sights set on no less than Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
To be fair, Garnett only spoke about his own personal experience with LeBron. The retired 43-year-old was not afraid to touch on a rather sensitive subject involving James. According to Garnett, he and his Celtics were one of the primary reasons James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Kevin Garnett says the Celtics broke LeBron in 2010
“We didn’t give a f*ck about LeBron. We didn’t fear LeBron and we didn’t think he can beat all five of us.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 18, 2019
For a bit of history, the Celtics and the Cavs faced off against each other in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of that season. Garnett and company would emerge victorious, defeating LeBron’s Cavs 4-2 in the series. As Garnett so vividly described in his statement, Boston did not pay too much attention to James at that point, believing that the C’s were a much stronger side.
True enough, Boston would defeat Cleveland in six games, and in the process, effectively ending LeBron’s first stint with his home town team. This disappointing second-round exit from James would result in the infamous “The Decision” incident of that summer.
For the record, Garnett and the Celtics would go all the way to the Finals that season. They were, however, outmatched by Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, en route to Kobe’s fifth and final NBA championship.