In a recent profile of the great Kevin Garnett, one unique story was detailed that will surely make some Boston Celtics fans grin.
One time, when the team was traveling by plane, players Tony Allen and Glen Davis apparently got into a physical altercation.
“We had an incident on the plane that took place between two players,” Celtics radio announcer Sean Grande told The Athletic. “It was not the only incident between these two players. It happened many, many, many times, but this time it happened on the plane.”
Former NBA big man Brian Scalabrine chimed in as well, adding some important information about the nature of the confrontation.
“It was Tony Allen and Glen Davis,” he said. “I don’t know whether he said he was going to take a s— and beat your ass or said he was going to take a piss and beat your ass. But Tony Allen went to the bathroom first. Then he was going to come back and fight.”
Clearly, this was a pretty memorable incident for everyone that was able to watch on as a bystander. According to Grande, it was Garnett who finally decided to step in and put an end to the brotherly battle.
“Because when I say this thing with brothers, they were brothers and sometimes brothers just f—— punch each other in the aisle of the plane,” he said. “But anyway, a fight comes between these two guys that are always fighting. KG gets up, breaks it up, sits them down, apart from each other. And then on top of it, after fixing it, he turns to the guests on the plane, sponsors, whatever, and apologizes to them for it.”
During his playing career, Garnett was known as someone who loved a bit of healthy confrontation and chatter on the court, but he clearly felt that enough was enough when his two teammates started butting heads at cruising altitude.
Over his career, Garnett averaged 17.8 points. 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He went to 15 All-Star Games, won one NBA championship and was named the NBA MVP in the 2003-04 season.
He is credited with helping to revolutionize frontcourt positions, as he not only dominated in the post, but was also a force all over the floor with a very versatile set of abilities.
Apparently, he’s a very talented conflict negotiator as well.