Boston Celtics

Report: KG refuses autograph, mentions bin Laden

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Report: KG refuses autograph, mentions bin Laden

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.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.