It figures that following a day where Bryce Harper mentioned fans throwing batteries and the MLB.com Twitter account brought up throwing snowballs at Santa, Kevin Garnett would call out Philly fans for being fair-weather.
Here’s what he told reporters after last night’s game:
“When speaking about this crowd, man, it’s like plugging in. They enthused for 48 minutes on. From the tip on. So I can’t see the difference between minute to minute. I feel like every minute I look up, I see my family, I see people yelling, I see the drunk fat guy. This crowd is ridiculous, man, I love it. It’s like taking a cold shower, steeping into a freezer that’s below 60. I wouldn’t recommended it, but if you want the feeling try it out come back let me know.”
Can you compare Boston fans to the fans in Philly?
“Not even close. You know, we got fans here, then you got fair-weather fans. Take it how you want.”
Damn. See, I always liked Garnett. Now I’ll have to puke on a little girl while throwing batteries and tasing him.
The comment was completely unnecessary, but certainly not unintentional. Garnett has been around long enough to know exactly what he’s saying. And he’s exactly the type of weirdo that, especially at this old age of 36, can use boos to fire himself up and elevate his game. In fact, part of me believes he said what he did on purpose, just so he can be showered with boos by 20,000 fair-weather fans on Wednesday night.
But that still doesn’t mean his statement is accurate.
Garnett has only been with the Celtics since 2007, meaning most of his experience playing in Philadelphia has come since then, in the final years of a Sixers ownership group that seemingly cared little about winning, results, and fan interest. The Sixers have been laughable for much of the last decade until this season. Plus, Garnett’s experience in Philly is obviously limited to basketball. I’d entertain his argument when it comes to the Phillies (see 1994-2005), but good luck trying to tell anyone that Eagles and Flyers fans are fair-weather. Hell, Flyers fans are so fucking nuts that sometimes I think we enjoy the down times more than the good times, just so we can drink and bitch and drink and carry pitchforks and stuff… and drink.
CBSPhilly.com’s Spike Eskin, whose desk may or may not be adorned with Sixers pom poms, used some fuzzy math to disprove Garnett’s statement. He said, during down years in 2004 and 2005, Celtics percent capacity figures were similar to what the Sixers see now, around 85%. That’s true, but what he didn't mention is that, as recently as the 2009-2010 season, the Sixers’ lowest attended season since the mid-90s, the then Wachovia Center was only at 70% capacity. The Celtics never came close to that, even when they struggled between 2003-2007.
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I started reading this and then realized how much I don’t care about basketball, so I’m not even offended, nor will I hate Garnett.
He’s right actually..Nobody goes to Sixers games.
He’s right….NBA sucks
That crowd was silent last night until they made their run. They definitely were not plugged in for 48 mins…
sixers should move to vegas.
I agree with KG
Fridge = 60 degrees. Freezer < 32 degrees. Stupid athletes.
Hey Kevin, remember when you had to be convinced to accept a trade from Minnesota to Boston because you thought Boston was a racist city? Good times!
He’s one tall spade
Please, what an idiot you sound like KG. Before you got to Boston and they formed the “big 3” no one went to Celtics games either. Bottom half of the league in attendance in 2007 and years earlier.
Can someone please tell me why people are trying to Steve Urkle glasses cool? It’s infuriating.
What ever happened to that BUZZ ON BROAD merger?
Does anyone care? It is the NBA.
put away the hipster glasses kevin…your 36
the sixers have fans?
Now I really hope the Sixers win the next two games.
he’s right. I still give zero fucks about the sixers.
Support your city! Stop saying you don’t care– youll all probably care the day they go to the championship!
Garnett is better at this age than any player on the current Sixers roster however no one cares about basketball.
Eat sh*t KG.. Celtics fans must love you, Pierce, and Rondo flopping and crying to the refs all over the floor like European Soccer Players. Players like you have made the NBA an awful product. ALSO, its not Sixers fans fault that a “Superstar” didnt force a trade or wanna play with Spencer Hawes. Much like you did 5 years ago, because you couldnt win anything in Minnesota.
Who cares about the NBA?
When it comes to basketball he’s right. I only knew 3 sixers fans until this year.
And for the record if they were in game seven of the championship, I could give a fuck less.
I suspect all the “people” in thread saying they don’t care about basketball or the NBA in this thread is actually one person who has WAY too much time on his hands, but hey, I could be wrong. As for Garnett, must be great to have a selectively short term memory and convieniently forget that Boston’s attendance had, for a time, been just as much in the league’s lower tier as Philadelphia’s until he and Ray Allen came to town. If morons like Garrett want to babble, let ’em. It’s a free country.
Why are people commenting on this if you don’t give a fuck about the sixers? Go read something else
People that say they don’t give a fuck about this sixers pretty much are the fair weather fans…support your fuckin city u clowns…and garnett=biggest douche in the NBA
I’m not sure you guys realize this, but the sixers have made it the furthest into the playoffs this within the last year.
Sixers: 6-4 (ongoing)
Yeah the NBA is shitty a league, but have some faith in your teams and city for fucks sake.
Don from Philly, I would think that the people that still dont give a fuck about the sixers are the fans that aren’t fair weather. If i never liked them, or basketball, and i started routing for them just cuz they’re in the playoffs, wouldn’t that make me fair-weather?
Again, I knew 3 sixers fans until this year. For serious. 3.
I think it’s cool if they do well just because its always good for a Philly team to win, but i can’t say i’m a fan of the team. Nor will I be watching.
Don from philly and Sixers>flyers (which is just not true)
The NBA is a horrible product for basketball, and I won’t watch or support it. In my own city I can watch a better team oriented game, with a school I am closely connected to, with a product that has more history to the city than the sixers do. Big 5 basketball allows me to “support your fucking city” watch a more well rounded game, and connects me to my college, or my dad’s college.
so fuck the sixers, and fuck the NBA. They will always be the fourth team of professional sports, so long as The Palestra and the Big 5 exist.
Hey Don, I love my city and support my teams, but I just find basketball to be incredibly boring and unwatchable. So no I don’t care and yes I wont care if they win the championship
Uh KG is actually right. Philadelphia is a bandwagon basketball town. Look at the attendance figures over the years. And when people do show up the atmosphere is pretty dead.
The NBA is pretty irrelevant in this town. People who want to debate that need a reality check.
@Matt Carle is a bitch…..how exactly is that any different from the Phillies attendance before 2004? Or are we all going to act like the late 90s, early 00s didn’t happen?
Ironic coming from the town of the Bruins.
Philly has always been a lousy town for NBA basketball attendance. It is why the Warriors moved to San Francisco in ’62.
Hell, even during the height of the Barkley era and even with his best team in ’89-90 this team was in the bottom third of the NBA in attendance.
If the 76ers have a championship-caliber team, the fans come out in large numbers. They do in any NBA city though too. Just a lousy pro basketball town and has been for 50+ years.
Same idiots on here complaining about the 76ers will also stop coming to Phils’ games into another year or so as they slip back to .500 & become mediocre.
he’s right. i mean he actually plays in front of our crowd. he’s being totally honest and praising his own fans. makes me like him more.
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