Updated Feb 4, 2011 - 9:05 am
Gentry: I lost a little respect for Kevin Garnett
PHOENIX - Respect is a funny thing. It is something that is earned, not given to a person. That's a lesson Boston Celtics' forward Kevin Garnett learned the hard way with one NBA head coach this week.
Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was a guest on Sports 620 KTAR's Gambo and Ash Thursday afternoon and made it very clear that after the way Garnett played in Phoenix last Friday, he has very little respect left for the Boston big man.
The coach was upset because Garnett not only hit Channing Frye in the groin late in the Suns 88-71 victory over the Celtics but also because the forward placed his foot where Frye could land on it after shooting. Gentry viewed the tactics as reckless play that could cause injury to a fellow player.
"You can compete and play hard, that doesn't need to be a part of it. It really doesn't," he said. "To do that to someone you can seriously hurt him," he said. "You know the fact that all of a sudden Channing comes down on his foot twice on jump shots that's a very dangerous play.
The Suns and Celtics will meet up for the second and final time in Boston on March 2.
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