I like Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Class guy. What he said Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena is accurate. Any coach would love to have his forward, Kevin Garnett. Rivers is upset about allegations that Garnett is dirty.
There's a reason people claim that Garnett is dirty. The reason is this: Garnett is dirty. And the older he gets, the dirtier he gets. At 34, he's become the dirtiest player in the NBA.
Garnett, who grew up in Mauldin, S.C., loves to push around smaller players -- bump, grind, elbow and invoke cancer. Since he's pushing 7-feet, most players are smaller.
It works. Garnett is one of the great complimentary players in NBA history. If he's your best player, you're not going to win, as the Minnesota Timberwolves will attest.
But if you can put him on a team with a star or stars, ask him to play defense, rebound, score a little and jostle the opposition, he's effective.
Garnett was especially effective at the end of the first half of Charlotte's 94-89 victory Monday when he enticed Charlotte's Stephen Jackson into picking up two technical fouls.
Of course, Gandhi could entice Jackson into picking up two technicals.
So Garnett is dirty. But of course every team in the NBA would love to have him. Dirty guys are never quite so dirty when they're on your team.