Kevin Garnett is arguably the NBA’s most passionate player; and when former teammate Ray Allen left this summer for Celtics’ sworn rival, the Miami Heat, Garnett somehow “lost” Ray Allen’s phone number.
When asked at the Boston Celtics practice on Friday, KG said, ”I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate. I’m just being honest with everybody in here. It’s not that I wish him less than [anything] or whatever. That’s just what it is.”
Garnett and Allen played five seasons together in Boston and won their first title together during the 2008 season. Garnett is obviously displeased with Allen’s choice to leave the Celtics to join the Heat, but it does not extend off the court. ”When a guy makes a decision based on him and his family, you can’t ever get upset with that,” Garnett said. “My personal feelings, I won’t put into it. The only thing I’ll say is, I wish Ray the best. That’s where it’s at.”
Why KG chose not to speak with Allen was not confirmed, however, he states that personal choices were the reasoning, “I choose not to,” Garnett said. “That’s a choice I, personally, made. I’m very close to Ray. I know his family. I wish nothing but the best for he and his family. I’m just making a choice of my own, that’s all.”
It is no secret KG leaves his heart and soul on the court when he plays and not that he needs any more fuel for his fire, but I’m sure he will come out with a little something extra when the two teams face each other for the first time.
The two teams are set to meet in the first regular season game of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Miami.[NESN]