Garnett had a hard time keeping his language in check against the Chicago Bulls, forcing one young fan to shied his little brother from a foul-mouthed rant.
Garnett’s Brooklyn Nets on their way to getting blown out by the Bulls on Christmas Day when Garnett disagreed with a call form the referee. The frustrated guard lit into the referee with some choice language, all within earshot of a couple of young fans who were sitting courtside.
The older of the two boys immediately jumped into protective mode, covering the ears of what appeared to be his little brother. It may not have been in time, as the younger boy had a shocked expression on his face.
Though the rant was directed toward the referee, it’s likely part of the building frustration for Kevin Garnett and the Nets. After reaching 49 wins last season, the Nets have fallen to 9-19 this season. Amazingly, they are still in contention in the horrific Atlantic Division, three games behind the first-place Toronto Raptors, who are 11-15.
When Garnett came to the Nets in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics, he made it clear that he only had one goal — winning another championship.
“I’m here to get another ring,” he said at the Nets’ media day about the deal that brought he and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. “That’s the only reason we came to Brooklyn.”
Kevin Garnett is averaging 6.7 points and 7.1 rebounds this season, well below his career averages of 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Christmas Day was particularly brutal for Garnett, who finished with seven rebounds and just six points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Kevin Garnett was lucky that his on-court swearing fit took place after Santa Claus made his annual gift-giving trip, or else the Nets forward may have found coal in his stocking.