Spurs' Tim Duncan Hates Celtics' Kevin Garnett

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Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett have had a pretty interesting rivalry over the last decade. Both are regarded as two of the top power forwards in the game and, really, in league history.

While both are great, Duncan is arguably the best player of this generation; he's also the winningest, along with Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.

Oh yeah, and he hates Garnett.

From Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard:

Just kidding, as this might count in his favor. In fact, Duncan hates Kevin Garnett. Hates him the way liberals hate Sean Hannity. This information comes from very reliable sources, who talk about how KG has made a career of trying to punk Duncan, baiting him and slapping him and whispering really weird smack into his ear. They talk about how funny this is, because the worst thing you can do as an opponent is piss off Duncan. Then, as Malik Rose says, “he f—— destroys you.” Duncan’s lifetime numbers versus Garnett’s teams, by the way: 19.4 points per game, 11.6 boards and a 44–17 record, including the postseason.

Duncan is diplomatic about the topic. Asked if perhaps all those years battling Garnett have softened his feelings for the man, led to a Magic-Larry type of kinship, Duncan leans back on the couch in his hotel room and grins. There is a pause. A longer pause. Finally he says, “Define kinship.”

It wouldn't be surprising if Duncan hates him. Just by looking at this picture below and the video below that you'll be able to see to why:

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