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Kevin Garnett: 'I'm far from dirty'

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 18, 2011 11:06 PM

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LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Garnett responded to his criticism after scrapes with players such as Channing Frye and Charlie Villanueva and disparaging comments from Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry and filmmaker Spike Lee.

“OK, I don’t play for the Phoenix Suns,” Garnett said today at the All-Star media session. “I could care less what Spike or whoever else has something to say about me. As long as Doc Rivers and my organization is happy with what I’m doing I care less. If you don’t like my play, then don’t watch it. If I play against you, know that I’m not trying to be your friend. I’m out here trying to win."

When the word dirty was brought up, Garnett reacted tersely.

“I’m far from dirty. Dirty is like hate," he said. "I don’t use that word. I competitive and I play hard but don’t call me dirty. If you dislike me, dislike me, but hate is a very strong word. But it is a different league, it is a more free flowing offensive league. The league likes to promote offense, that’s cool. But at the same time, there’s two parts of the game and defense is one of them, and I play it."

Garnett, who addressed the media for about 35 minutes today, showed an bubbly personality not seen often during his time with the Celtics.

"My demeanor on the court is what it is and of course my demeanor here is different," he said. "You can’t make an assessment of someone if you’ve only seen 50 percent of that person."

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