Boston's Kevin Garnett says he didn't call Detroit's Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient."
Garnett says he told Villanueva he was "cancerous to your team and our league."
Why would Garnett say that? If that's what passes for trash talk, what advantages does it confer? What do you gain?
Why invoke cancer? Is it funny, is it amusing, will it compel Villanueva to miss his next jump shot? Will the fellows guffaw about it in the locker room after the game?
Villanueva, who claims in a Tweet that Garnett called him a "cancer patient," suffers from Alopecia Areata. That's not cancer. That means he can't grow hair.
Garnett is one of the great complementary players of all time. But if he's your star, you aren't very good. He's good at filling in around the stars, especially when officials aren't watching.
Garnett is dirty. Watch him push around smaller players, and most players are.
I have no idea why he brought up cancer -- and he admits he did -- to Villanueva. But it was cheap and classless and less than a surprise.