I'm not sure why it makes me so happy to see Kevin Garnett happy, but the sight of a smiling KG gets me every time. I don't care if he's dancing to Gino, goofing around in the locker room or . . . hanging out backstage at a Drake concert with Rajon Rondo and Snoop Lion, if Garnett's amused, I am too. It's entirely instinctual and uncontrollable. It's also a little weird and pathetic, but what are you going to do?
Anyway, back to this photo, which I first saw yesterday morning on Ben Rohrbach's Green Street Blog. It made my day for a few reasons.
First, the Garnett smile. Or more of a smirk in this case. Honestly, just the mere proof that KG's out of the house and enjoying himself is enough to make this photo a winner. It's times like this when we remember how little the "old" label we put on KG in basketball terms translates to real life. We're reminded that he's still only 36. Still highly capable of enjoying himself at one of the hottest rap shows in the world. Hell, KG's almost five years younger than Snoop. He's still a real world youngster. Kind of.
Second, it's fantastic to see KG and Rondo hanging out together. Not that it's any surprise. I think it's fair to say the relationship between these two goes deeper than any inter-athlete relationship in town. Deeper than Brady and Welker. Deeper than Lackey and Beckett. The KGRondo dynamic is a complicated mix of fatherson, big brotherlittle brother, Master PoGrasshopper and buddybuddy. There are all sorts of ins and outs and what-have-yous. Just know that it's unbelievably special, and there's no relationship more integral to the Celtics success this season. So it's good to see them out having fun, continuing to build on their already rock solid foundation.
And then there's Snoop, who was actually a pretty decent baller in his day, before dedicating his life to music and weed (one of those past times doesn't lend itself to the nature of the NBA's drug testing policy). But really, what's better than a random picture of Rondo, Snoop Lion and KG hanging out back stage at a concert?
I suppose listening in on their conversation.
You think KG and Snoop both call Rondo "Shorty" or does the elder Snoop get the Shorty privileges based on seniority? Did they call him Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion? Or maybe just Snoop? Did Snoop ask them to smoke? And if he did, they would have had to say yes, right? I don't care if you're going to get drug tested, the NBA would understand. When the test comes back positive you just say: "Listen, there are extenuating circumstances. I was smoking with Snoop." And all would be forgiven. I'm not sure it's even illegal to smoke weed with Snoop Lion.
Guess I'll have to wait and ask KG that on Media Day.
I'm sure he'll be more than willing to elaborate.