Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said today that he will refuse to take the court with Jason Terry for Boston's regular season opener because "Terry is a goddam traitor."
Boston signed Terry in mid-July to replace Ray Allen who left to join the Miami Heat.
"I am nothing if not consistent with my hatreds and grudges," snarled Garnett. "I already made it clear how I felt about Ray. How is Jason any different, any better? He won a championship in Dallas, and then two years later he leaves because he thinks he has a better opportunity elsewhere? Nah, f—k that. And f—k him. I can't play with a man I can't trust."
Garnett's declaration on the day of Boston's season opener leaves head coach Doc Rivers with some lineup problems.
"I guess I'll only be able to put Jason on the floor when Kevin is out of the game and vice versa," said Rivers. "At least until KG calms down. It will pass. I'm used to this sort of thing. He once told me he wouldn't step on the court because he had gotten a splinter earlier that day and didn't respect wood anymore. By the second quarter, we had tranquilized him and got him into the game."