Kevin Garnett’s former Celtics teammate Brandon Bass denies flushing phones down toilets story
Kevin Garnett’s return to Minnesota was one of the nicer stories of the trade deadline, and definitely the best non-Andrew Wiggins thing that will happen to the Timberwolves in this lost season. It’s like when a classic band like Fleetwood Mac reunites for one last tour; it may not be good, but it’s cool for those who were around the first time.
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However, to hear some tell it, Garnett’s reunion tour is less ’70s rock band reuniting, more terrifying return of a 6’10” man who will throw your cellphone down the toilet.
Many stories talked about how Garnett’s “clubhouse presence” was “already being felt;” the translation of which, apparently, was that Garnett was terrifying his new teammates in Minnesota.
Garnett’s return to the locker room in Minnesota led Zach LaVine to say he was “scared” because he had the legendary forward’s old locker, and for Flip Saunders to give us this gem (via twincities.com):
“As one of our veteran guys told our young guys yesterday, ‘Hey, listen, when KG walks in the locker room your phones better be tucked away, because if they’re not, they’re going to get thrown in the toilet on game night,’ ” Saunders noted.
In those Fleetwood Mac reunion shows, I doubt Lindsey Buckingham stole Stevie Nicks’ purse prior to every show.
Despite these stories, Garnett’s former Celtics teammate Brandon Bass told Jay King of MassLive.com that claims of Garnett throwing cellphones down toilets was nonsense.
Classic “he said, she said” case. Or, more accurately, “he threw away my phone, no he didn’t.”
On the one hand, Bass might be telling the truth; on the other, he might just be defending his old teammate, or terrified of him, which seems to be standard operating procedure when it comes to Garnett.
(P.S. Kevin Garnett, please don’t come to my house and throw my phone away. I’ll say you didn’t do it, I’ll say whatever you want.)
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