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Monday, February 7, 2011
Lee: KG 'needs to calm the [expletive] down'

By ESPNBoston.com

Spike Lee says Kevin Garnett was cursing him out the last time the Knicks and Celtics met.
Spike Lee says Kevin Garnett was cursing him out the last time the Knicks and Celtics met.

Add Spike Lee to the growing list of people unhappy with Celtics star Kevin Garnett. The celebrity Knicks fan said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com that KG was cursing him out “for no reason” the last time the Celtics and Knicks met, at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, and that the Celtics’ star “needs to calm the [expletive] down.”

Here is the portion of the Q&A with Lee regarding KG:

Interviewer: What's your most memorable conversation with a player during a game?

Lee: This is really surprising, and this is all true. The only time that it’s ever really gotten nasty was with Reggie Miller. But we were friends before that and we’ve been friends since then. When I go to the games, it’s to have fun. I’m respectful. If I say a player missed a shot, that’s not talking about your mother, your family; it’s all good nature. The players enjoy talking to me and I enjoy talking to them.

But this last time against Boston -- you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s three? -- Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I’m not holding you and I did not even say s--- to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f--- down.

Interviewer: Well, you know what? It came back to bite him in the butt because STAT is starting for the East in the All-Star Game and KG is not.

Lee: Next time they come -- [Spike checks the Knicks schedule] -- is on March 21st. So look, I don’t like the Celtics, but I respect Doc [Rivers]. Doc’s a good friend. You know I love Ray Allen. I hate the Celtics, but look, they’ve got good guys on that team. I’ve got friends on that team. Nate’s on the team. But Garnett needs to calm the f--- down. There’s no reason he should be cursing at me the way he did the last game. So you can put that in the article. It was disrespectful and I would never do nothing like that to him.

Interviewer: That's crazy. Garnett has definitely had his share of temper tantrums -- no question about that.

Lee: I’m not even playing and I didn’t say nothing to him the whole game anyway. So if you’re mad, start cursing out STAT, Stoudemire. But you’re not going to do that s--- because Stoudemire’s not going to take it. So he cursed at me and I’m 5-6 , 150. What he was saying was worse than Reggie Miller. It was uncalled for.

Interviewer: We'll all be ready for that next game.

Lee: I’m going to get him that time.