MIKEDOG wrote:You cant get on this guy for being onfident!! He is the leader of that team. What would you want him to do lay down and let the Lakers run all over them??? He knows that they do not have a chance of winning the series, but he cant just give up!! I am a die hard Laker fan, but come on give KG the respect he deserves!! :man7:
FirstLady wrote:I like KG. You can't knock a guy for being confident. Remember, Kobe-haters say the same thing about him and you all are jumping all over them for saying it. Let the man try to convince himself and his teammates that they will prevail.....we Laker fans know the real!
Of all the players in the NBA, you know who Kobe Bryant respects more than any of them?
"K.G.,'' he said.
Yep, Kevin Garnett.
"He's my man right there,'' Bryant said. "There's a lot of love.''
The love goes back to Bryant's second season in the league. He was playing in his first All-Star Game, and K.G. took him under his wingspan.
"There was all this hype, and K.G. came to me and said, 'Run with me. I'll get you involved.' He threw me a lob, and I dunked it. He patted me on the back and gave me that big smile of his. It relaxed me,'' Bryant said.
"Once he got that first basket, I knew he'd be cool,'' Garnett said. "Since then he's played with that confidence.''
So, now you know. It was Garnett who stoked the flame that still burns white-hot in Bryant.
"Since that day, I've loved Kevin,'' Bryant said. "If I have an older brother in the league, besides Shaquille (O'Neal), it'd be K.G.''
At this year's All-Star Game, Bryant wanted to, as he put it, "return the favor." He made sure Garnett got the ball as much as possible, and K.G. was selected the game's most valuable player.
"He deserved it,'' Bryant said. "He's great, man.''
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