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Yesterday, Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston caught up with Doc Rivers for a post-practice Q  & A.  The topic:  Kevin Garnett’s role as “coach” to new bigs that join the Celtics.  Forsberg also provided some video of KG working with rookies Luke Harangody and Semih Erden on how to hedge when defending screen and rolls.  I figured we had heard everything Garnett had to say about rookies last year but perhaps that philosophy is only subscribed to when dealing with non-Celtic rookies.

Regardless, when questioned about Garnett’s propensity for taking the Cs newbies under his wing, Rivers revealed something fairly interesting:

“If that big doesn’t listen to him one time, he’ll never speak to him again. Literally, not speak to them. That’s happened a couple of times and it’s been good for that guy. Now, the two guys that he did get to, are no longer here and that may be one of the reasons. If you’re not going to listen to Kevin when he’s trying to help you, you’re probably messed up.”

Now don’t get me wrong.  It’s not like this deserves some expose revealing who really pulls the strings in Boston’s front office.  I just find it incredibly interesting that Rivers admitted that there were two bigs in the last 3 years that did not warm up to Garnett and that this relationship may have contributed to their exit.

Rivers obviously did not name names but for curiosity’s sake let’s throw some out there.  Below is a list of the Celtic big men that have come and gone since Garnett arrived:

Mikki Moore

Leon Powe

Scot Pollard

Brian Scalabrine

P.J. Brown

Patrick O’Bryant

Shelden Williams

Rasheed Wallace

This is a quick list I compiled after briefly checking out rosters on basketball-reference.com. The only two players I can think of that had less than amicable relationships with the Cs were Patirck O’Bryant and Mikki Moore.  Moore never really seemed to grasp the defensive rotations and O’Bryant was essentially given away to free up a roster spot.

This is all speculative and for all we know, Rivers was referring to practice/Summer League/ training camp players about whom we never really heard much.  That being said, it’s interesting to think about.  Who do you think refused some Garnett tutelage?

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  • Gotta be Pittsnogle!

  • DeVelaine

    I do think Moore and O'Bryant are reasonable choices given the list. Everyone else seemed to at least appear at all times to get along the KG on the court and on the bench. But since this is about people who are gone, and the base fact that while speculation isn't a bad exercise, I'm more curious to know if the first player Doc mentioned was one of the two that left, or someone who hasn't. And if it's someone who hasn't left, my money's on BBD.

  • KY Celts fan

    Moore makes sense, but KG was injured and unable to practice for the entirety of Moore’s tenure here. So could it be someone else?

  • KBA

    seems like Patrick o'Bryant is certainly one of them based on this: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/po

  • This is how speculation becomes fact. Murphy relays an anecdote that could or could not be related to Doc's quotes. Kelly Dwyer repeats it as fact. To me, none of this definitively points to POB. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised. He didn't really seem to endear himself to anyone in the league.

  • BOB

    Has to be Mikki Moore and Sheldan Williams

  • Rangatiratanga

    Oh hell no,if you take Dwyer's comments seriously than that erases all legitimacy to everything you just said.

  • MDftw

    Mikki Moore tried hard… he just sucked… i cant see him brushing off kg

    Shelden Williams would be my guess

    no idea who o'bryant is but he seems the likely other culprit given the above link in KBAs post

    btw the kg quote from that article link is hilarious… "Do You Feel Me"…. haha, i can picture it quite clearly

  • VanillaDark

    KG = Biggest a**hole in the league. Intensity? Ha! Try small pecker syndrome. Leadership? Ha! Try overly cocky and self absorbed. His "I'm so intense I talk to myself and hit myself in the head" routine is seriously funny, just retarded acting and predictable faux hulk BS.

    Put a cork in KG, even Boston wants you to shut the hell up.

  • MDftw

    I do not share your sentiments Vanilla

    KG is awesome, a class act

  • Champs

    i think it was pat and shelden. lottery picks that didn't try to prove anything