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Kevin Garnett has a savage take on LeBron James, 2012 Celtics-Heat series

Kevin Garnett has a savage take on LeBron James, 2012 Celtics-Heat series

LeBron James was at the height of his game in the spring of 2012.

He had just won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award and helped the Miami Heat coast to the Eastern Conference Finals during his second season alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But the Boston Celtics weren't about to put James on pedestal -- because they felt they already had the upper hand on him.

During an appearance alongside Adam Sandler on The Ringer's "The Bill Simmons Podcast," ex-Celtics forward Kevin Garnett explained how his team really felt about James during that Boston-Miami series in 2012.

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"Let me say something to you: The C's, we didn't give a f--- about LeBron," Garnett told Simmons. "We didn't fear LeBron, and we didn't think that he could beat all five of us. And that's how it felt.

"He was trying to consolidate because he didn't want the pressure on him. You understand?"

About that last point: James famously left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2010 to join Bosh and Wade in Miami, and Garnett believes his Celtics played a big role in "The Decision" by eliminating LeBron's Cavs in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.

When Simmons mentioned that the Celtics felt like they could "break" James after beating the Heat in Game 5 of the 2012 East Finals, Garnett snapped back with this:

"We broke LeBron. So, get your ass out of here with that. You understand how he got to Cleveland, how he got to Miami, Bill? You remember that? So stop bringing that up, all right?"

KG's insinuation, in case it wasn't clear enough: The Celtics forced LeBron out of Cleveland.

James earned redemption in 2012, as Miami eliminated Boston thanks to his combined 76 points in Games 6 and 7 of the East Finals.

But Garnett didn't believe he and his teammates motivated LeBron by talking trash to him during the series. Instead, he placed that blame on the media.

"So they was talking s--- to him, the media," Garnett said. "And the league knew that they had an agenda in which we wasn't part of the agenda. You understand? Right.

"And that's how they ended up winning that series. Yeah, I said it."

That 2012 loss still haunts KG, who admitted he and his former Celtics teammates keeps their distance with James, Wade and the 2012 Heat to this day.

"It's real. They don't f--- with us, we don't f--- with them," Garnett said.

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Report: NBA to launch 16-team 2K tournament

Report: NBA to launch 16-team 2K tournament

It looks like eSports' time to shine is finally here.

With all the major sports leagues on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA has come up with a creative solution to create some new basketball-based programming.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the league will be hosting a players-only NBA 2K tournament on Friday and it will air on a major network. Haynes is reporting that the tournament will feature 16 NBA players and will take place over the course of 10 days.

This is a good way for the league to create some new basketball-related excitement with the season currently suspended. It will certainly be fun to see how players who are so good on the basketball court can fare in the realm of basketball video games.

It's unclear if a member of the Boston Celtics will be involved in the tournament, but it certainly is possible. The ideal Celtic to be featured would be Gordon Hayward, as he's an avid gamer and would almost certainly be able to lead the 2K Celtics to some victories.

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If Hayward isn't the choice, Grant Williams would be another logical option. He disclosed to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely that he loves playing video games on an episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast shortly after he was drafted.

No matter what, it will be entertaining to watch NBA players square off against each other again, even if no Celtics are involved in the 2K tournament.

And speaking of 2K action, be sure to check out our latest Celtics simulation. The 2K-C's took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night as they looked to keep their winning streak alive.

How well does 21-year-old Jayson Tatum compare to 21-year-old Michael Jordan?

How well does 21-year-old Jayson Tatum compare to 21-year-old Michael Jordan?

We know that Jayson Tatum is on the path to NBA stardom. But is he on a similar pace to one of the greatest players ever to play the game, Michael Jordan?

You be the judge.

Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf) checked out the statistical comparison between Jayson Tatum and Michael Jordan during their 21-year-old seasons. And when looking at the numbers on a per 36-minute basis, they were relatively close in most major categories.

In addition to the numbers pictured, Tatum averaged 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per 36 as a 21-year-old. Meanwhile, Jordan got 5.5 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per 36.

So, Jordan edged Tatum in most categories, save for Tatum's rebounding advantage and his ever-so-slight blocks advantage. Of course, it's worth noting that Jordan entered the league as a 21-year-old rookie, so he had no NBA experience while he put up these excellent numbers. Tatum had 143 games of regular-season experience and 19 games of playoff experience before his 21st birthday.

Regardless, the point is that Tatum is still developing very well and the fact that his numbers can even be comparable to one of the NBA's all-time greats is an excellent sign. He should continue to progress and should soon be one of the top players in the NBA if he continues on his current trajectory.

Tatum may not reach Jordan level. Few ever do. But the stats indicate that he's on the right track very early on in his career.

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