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Elton Brand On KG: “(Philly Fans Will) Show Him How Fair-Weather They Are”

Kyle - May 23, 2012

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Not surprisingly, Elton Brand didn't need to open his eyes to shrug off Kevin Garnett

Talk about a tough spot. Here's Elton Brand, minding his own at Sixers practice Monday, probably (can only assume, wasn't there) marinading in the Whirlpool and dabbling in some motivational Captain Americanisms to keep the younger guys composed and focused, and he gets sideswiped by questions about Kevin Garnett popping off. Brand definitely realizes anything he says will be more scrutinized,  given this Impromptu Defender Of Philly's Honor role KG thrust him into. Meanie.

Brand handled it well.

Said Brand:

"(Laugh.) We'll see our fans tomorrow. We appreciate our fans. We know they got our support and got our backs. I'm sure they're gonna show him how fair-weather they are tomorrow."

 

And now for an obligitory note: Game 6 at 8 p.m. EST at the Wells Fargo Center.

Needless to say, the timing for Garnett's comment doesn't make sense, at least not for anyone other than the ultimate villain. He'll probably convert the energy of the boo birds into some alien super power, or something.

Brand addressed that, too.

Said Brand:

"Maybe he needs something to get him pumped up. I know they're gonna be on him tomorrow for that. He wasn't around all the time in Boston. They've been a championship-caliber team just about every year. But I know our fans support us and they've got our back. So I'm not worried about that."

 

And, now that we're coming up on four-and-a-half hours past a reasonable and rational life expectancy for this story's cycle, given the trivial subject matter, neither should you.

Video after the jump.

Matt Hammond wrote this. He is the brains behind ThoughtsInPassing.com 

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Kevin Garnett Hates You, Thinks You Suck

Kyle Scott - May 22, 2012

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. 

Video via WEEI

Sixers Lose a Heartbreaker to Celtics

Kyle Scott - December 10, 2010

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Just when it looked like the Sixers were going to shock the world make an early season statement, Kevin Garnett hit a dager with a second remaining to win it for the Celtics.

Iguodala had hit a tough layup with six tickets left to give the Sixers the one point lead before Garnett stuck it to them.

We kill the Sixers, but they played well, getting 19 points from Jodie Meeks- this would have been a nice win for them.  Tough loss.

Video of the ending and Kevin Harlan's "Flight 9 Cleared for Landing" call after the jump.

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