Camby: Garnett is 'an intense player'

Camby: Garnett is 'an intense player'
January 25, 2013, 6:47 am
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BOSTON -- In all of Marcus Camby's lengthy NBA career, Kevin Garnett still sets himself apart from any other player he has competed against. 
"Never, never in my 17 years (have I seen another player talk to himself)," Camby told CSNNE.com. "He's probably the first guy that does that."
The New York Knicks center entered the league in 1996, one year after Garnett. He has never heard someone have such vocal solo conversations as Garnett does. 
"I just thought he was an intense player," said Camby. "I just know that he's very hard and critical of himself and his game and wants to lead by example. You want guys like that on your team because he prides himself on being a great team guy."
He continued, "He just does a lot of talking. It's mainly just to get himself going and pump himself up. I don't know about all the other trash talking stuff that's being said out there, but when I've played against him, he was just talking to himself, just trying to get himself pumped up, and getting his teammates pumped up and they feed off his energy."
Garnett has gotten into the heads of many of his opponents, often times causing them to lose their focus and their composure. 
This month, he and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony were involved in a heated situation in which Garnett reportedly made comments that riled Anthony during the game. Anthony was suspended one game for confronting Garnett both inside Madison Square Garden and by the team bus. 
Camby said even though players know what to expect going against Garnett, it can be easy to get lost in the intensity.
"You know it going into the ball game, but it's like you get caught up in the heat of the moment and the intensity of the game and the atmosphere of the crowd in the arena," he said. "Your juices get flowing, sometimes you tend to lose focus and forget that that's what he does. You just want to act off emotions instead of taking a hot second, calm yourself down a little bit, know that this is what it is, and go about your business."
When asked if Garnett's intense solo conversations have ever riled him, Camby quickly replied.
"Never, never, never," he said. "Never."