Lakers: Kevin Garnett Still Sore About Losing to LA in the 2010 Finals

Some wounds never heal, as is the case with Kevin Garnett and losing to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals

Let’s be honest, the only real rivalry that actually exists in the NBA is Los Angeles Lakers versus Boston Celtics.

Accounting for a ridiculous 33 of the 69 total NBA Championships, 16 and 17 respectively, despite their current circumstances, these two organizations are men among boys.

That said, just as it is certain that Kobe Bryant‘s two NBA Finals defeats haunt him — Detroit Pistons in 2004 and the Celtics in 2008 — it’s nice to know that he’s also inflicted his fair share of pain on those who’ve attempted to challenge his reign.

Recently, KG’s Minnesota Timberwolves teammate, Gorgui Dieng dropped the ball on the unspoken, “What happens in the locker room, stays in locker room,” mantra revealing that The Big Ticket still “frequently brings up his time with the Celtics, particularly the one season that got away.”

“He always talks about the [2010] Finals they lost,” Dieng said.

“I think he can’t swallow that pill. He always talks about it. You can see how angry he is when he talks about that Finals.”

In 2010, the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Lakers before dropping the final two games in Los Angeles. Dieng said it is clear how that series still grates at Garnett.

“They were great and they were going to win it,” Dieng said, “and he still doesn’t understand why they lost.”

For Lakers’ faithful everywhere, this should cause an outpouring of happiness, seeing how Kobe Bryant will hold the last laugh over the Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics.

If KG ever needs to relive the experience again, the NBA so kindly created a mini-movie documenting the entire thing.

My favorite line to this day still comes just around the one minute mark when “Big Baby,” Glen Davis steps into frame and spouts his hilarious and ironic line.

Game seven, what you think it is? You could either let someone write your story or you could write your own story. I ain’t letting nobody write my story.


Kobe and KG are in similar positions, serving as mentors to their young prodigies who are trying to soak up every bit of greatness they can but the page is slowly turning on the 90’s greats — except Tim Duncan, he’s never going to retire — so be sure to cherish every moment you can, while you can.

(h/t SlamOnline)

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