Joakim Noah dislikes Kevin Garnett, who he "admired" as a youth, because he's "a very mean guy."
Joakim Noah appeared on the "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000
radio in Chicago, Wednesday, along with Derrick Rose and ESPN's Nick Friedell. The Bulls
starting center made it clear that he doesn't like Celtics PF and future
Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, though he was a big KG fan when he was
Noah said that KG's 'meanness' toward young players and -- basically --
non-Black players turned him off from the superstar pretty fast when
they began playing on the same court.
The hosts asked Noah if KG would get a Christmas card from him:
"Kevin Garnett will not -- will not -- get a Christmas gift from me,"
Noah said with a tinge of humor Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy
Show" on ESPN 1000. "I don't like him."
The most recent incident was Friday night in Boston when Noah
received a technical foul, and afterward said of Garnett: "He is who he
"He's a very mean guy," Noah said Wednesday. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too."
"I had his poster in my room," Noah said. "I used to wear his jersey.
And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and
he kind of shut me down.
"And he was very mean to me my rookie
year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players],
for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's
not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little
sensitive. Be sweet."
KG's nastiness has obviously gotten under Noah's skin, but it fuels his fire, as he had a career night against the Celtics in the Bulls' loss in Boston, last Friday.
Noah also discussed:
- in jest that he had problems sleeping while the Bulls were negotiating his contract extension;
- the humbling animal of entering the NBA and the work;
- Brad Miller's influence as a big guy who doesn't post-up much, but secures the ball.
Rose and Noah were asked who they thought were biggest challenge. toughest matchup in the East. To which Rose almost immediately responded, "Orlando blew us out almost every game."
"[Boston's] kinda' like a rivalry thing," he added.
Later, Rose and Noah's college coaches -- John Calipari and Billy Donovan -- came on and shared playful anecdotes and accolades about their work ethic, leadership, and personalities. It was cute and cuddly, not all too informative or greatly entertaining, but if you don't love these two, yet, give the radio spot a listen here.
EDIT: Kelly Dwyer and Trey Kirby posted on this, too, and both used the same picture. It was the picture I wanted to use, but couldn't find it... Damn. Maybe, I can take some pride in wrting my post before theirs?