Oct 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (right) greets Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers (left) after their game at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 120-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Garnett Explains Why He Didn’t Shake Ray Allen’s Hand


Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was the buzz of the blogosphere whenever he turned a cold shoulder to his former teammate and current Miami Heat guard Ray Allen. Video of the incident immediately went viral and it conjured up a debate.

Garnett wanted to give his side of the story and explain why he did not shake Allen’s hand despite the kind offering from his former teammate.

Garnett was asked on Wednesday why he turned the cold shoulder to Allen and KG took the opportunity to explain his actions:

“You know what man, I was just trying to stay as neutral as I could but obviously I’m an intense person. Other than that it was blank, I just saw the Heat uniforms and obviously he’s on the other side and I just tried to play the game, man.”

In today’s age, many players form friendships off the court and it leads to chummy interaction during the game. For Garnett, he’s always been a no-nonsense guy and is known for his intensity. He sees all of his opponents as the enemy and he wanted no part of interacting with the enemy on opening night.

While it seems like a catty move from Garnett, we have been spoiled by current NBA players friendships. KG is an old school player that has always played with the same mentality.

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