Kevin Garnett reportedly invoked the name of Osama bin Laden when refusing an autograph request by a Lakers ballboy Sunday, according to Tweets by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports and J.A. Adande of ESPN.
Both reporters have since deleted the Tweets, but they told Deadspin that the number of re-Tweets overwhelmed their respective accounts and they deleted them so they could continue working.
During the Celtics' 109-96 victory, the reporters both Tweeted that a Lakers ball boy asked Garnett for his autograph and KG refused, saying, "You've got a better chance of catching bin Laden." Andrew Bogut, center for the Milwaukee Bucks, said the statement was "little better than what Garnett told one of our ball boys" in responding to Spears' Tweet.
Earlier this year, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him "a cancer patient" during a game. Garnett denied the charge, saying he actually said Villanueva was "cancerous to his team," and Celtics coach Doc Rivers backed Garnett's account. Villanueva has repeatedly stood by his statement.
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Jahlil Okafor isn't out of the picture for the Boston Celtics.
As the days get closer to the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics are mulling a number of trade options. And the Philadelphia 76ers aren't afraid to shop Okafor, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
"Okafor is kind of still there," Stein said on ESPN's "Mike and Mike". "He's been so out there that you tend to think Philadelphia will find something in the next three days where they move him. I've heard that Boston has still given that some consideration. Chicago's another team that's been said to have shown some Okafor interest."
In his second season in Philadelphia, Okafor has seen a dip in his production after an impressive rookie season. His minutes have dropped from 30 to 23 per game, which explains his points falling from 17.5 to 11.4 per game and his rebounds falling from seven to 4.8 per game. He's shooting roughly the same from the field, however, and has a 51.1 field goal percentage during the 2016-17 season.
Okafor's season has taken a strange turn in recent weeks. The 6-foot-11 center did not travel with the team to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 13 amid trade interest. But Okafor then played with Philadelphia against the Boston Celtics in the ensuing game on Feb. 15.
"You can rest assured Philly's going to spend the next three-plus days trying to find a trade home for Jahlil Okafor because once the prospect of a trade has gone that far it's kind of hard to pretend it didn't happen," Stein said. "But at this point, as we stand, Philadelphia doesn't have an Okafor deal. And obviously another (option in) New Orleans, now that's not going to happen."