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Celtics’ Kevin Garnett talks his way onto All-Trash-Talking Team

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Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts after making a basket in the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, in Boston on Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:39AM



‘Honey Nut Cheerios’’ couldn’t have asked for a better week of free advertising.

Thanks, Kevin Garnett.

And while there’s debate if the Boston Celtics big man even dropped that trash-talk on Carmelo Anthony in a reference to his wife, LaLa Vasquez, does it even matter? Garnett has been a cerebral assassin throughout his career. The “Honey Nut Cheerios’’ slam was minor-league compared to when he said to Tim Duncan years ago, “Happy Mother’s Day, [expletive],’’ knowing that Duncan’s mother died of breast cancer when the Spurs All-Star was 14.

But it did cement Garnett on the NBA’s All-Trash-Talking Team:

PG: Gary Payton — “The Glove’’ almost brought the Nets’ Jamie Feick to tears in 1999, when he informed him, “Man, you won’t even be in the league next year.’’ But his crowning moments came in games against Michael Jordan. Payton will go down as one of the only players that was able to get in the head of his “Airness.’’

SG: Michael Jordan — Don’t let the smile fool you. “Air’’ was cold-blooded with the smack-talk. Ruthless almost. Ask Dikembe Mutombo. In Mutombo’s rookie year, Jordan told the then-Denver Nuggets center that he would shoot a free throw with his eyes closed, saying, “This one’s for you.’’ He made it, then told him, “Welcome to the NBA.’’

SF: Larry Bird — Christmas Day against the Pacers, Bird told Chuck Person he had a present for him. During the game, with Person on the bench, Bird dribbled right by him, shot the long three, turned and said, “Merry [expletive] Christmas,’’ before the ball even went through the net.

PF: Charles Barkley —The “Round Mound of Rebound’’ liked to beat up the opposition mentally and physically. “I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan,’’ Barkley once said. That about sums up Chuck-logic perfectly.

C: Kevin Garnett — KG edged out Shaquille O’Neal just on the pure viciousness. Telling Charlie Villanueva that he “looked like a cancer patient,’’ knowing that the power forward suffered from Alopecia in 2010, was vintage Garnett.

◆ The next backup point guard who’s about to get a serious payday after this season: Eric Bledsoe, c’mon down!

◆ In case there’s a team looking for a selfish offensive player who offers up very little defensively, Rudy Gay is available.

Player of the week

Chris Paul, Clippers, PG: Why is Paul the best point guard in the league? Because he does what’s needed of him from game to game. The Clippers needed his scoring the last week, so he dropped 30 on the Lakers, 27 on the Warriors and 19 on the Mavericks while averaging 12.7 rebounds in the three victories.

Team of the week

Indiana Pacers: For the second consecutive week, the Pacers continued to play like the team that was picked to win the Central Division, with huge wins over the Heat and Knicks. For those not paying attention, Paul George is on the verge of NBA stardom.

The big five

1. Miami Heat, 2. Oklahoma City Thunder, 3. Los Angeles Clippers, 4. San Antonio Spurs, 5. New York Knicks.

Big number

33 Consecutive games in which LeBron James had scored 20 points or more from the start of the season before it ended this week at Portland. It was the longest streak since George Gervin’s 45-game streak in the 1981-82 season.

Key games
for week of Jan. 14-20

Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 — “Lob City’’ opened up the regular season with a win over the Grizzlies. This is a battle of up-and-coming teams looking to overtake the Thunder in the West.

Miami at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17 — Throw the regular-season records out the window. This game is about star power. It’s the Year of LeBron, and that can’t be sitting well with Kobe Bryant.

Golden State at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 — In the first of four meetings, the Warriors get to measure how legit they are in making the trip to Texas to face a veteran team such as the Spurs.



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