Boston coach Doc Rivers feels what is said on the court should
be left on the court.
Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva took it to Twitter on Tuesday
night, writing on his account that Kevin Garnett called him a
”cancer patient” during Boston’s 109-86 road win.
Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a medical
condition that results in hair loss. He does not have hair on his
Garnett, known as a trash talker, stuck to his usual routine and
did not speak to the media before Wednesday’s game against the
He did issue a statement before the game.
”I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding
something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie
Villanueva was in fact: You are cancerous to your team and our
league,”’ Garnett said. ”I would never be insensitive to the
brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones
to this deadly disease and have a family member currently
undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful.
The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”
After Boston’s overtime victory over the Bucks, he was asked
about his emotions on the court the past two games, but not
specifically about Villanueva’s tweet. He also drew a technical
along with Andrew Bogut in Boston’s 105-102 victory.
”I’m a passionate player,” he said. ”If you don’t like the
way I am … I play this way the last 15, 16 years. I leave it on
One of Villanueva’s tweets read: ”KG called me a cancer
patient, I’m (mad) because, u know how many people died from
cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.”
Rivers defended his forward while wondering why someone would
need to share in-game comments.
”I actually heard what Kevin said. I was right there, what he
really said is in the statement. I’m going to leave it at that,”
he said. ”I don’t like the whole tweeting thing. I’m going to
state that as well. Guys talk on the court. It doesn’t mean they
should or shouldn’t. The fact that we’re talking about this, it’s
just silly. It really is. We had a hell of a game yesterday and we
should be talking about basketball.
”Talking about what the guys said during the game, there isn’t
a place. I don’t find a place for it.”
Villanueva was bothered by what he thought he heard.
”I wouldn’t even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know
way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special
place 4 those,” the message reads.
He also wrote that Garnett talks a lot but has probably never
been in a fight, and he’d love to step in a ring with him.
Boston guard Ray Allen was on the court, but didn’t hear the
”I don’t know anything about it. The first I heard about it was
actually this afternoon when I was eating and ready to head over,”
he said. ”I don’t know what was said. They had words and they were
kind of going at each other.”
He also said players should be careful with any tweets or
pictures taken off the court.
”Definitely in this day and age we come across so many people
with cameras and cell phones and Twitters,” he said. ”The social
network is such a huge thing in this day and age. You have to be
consistent with your message.”
Allen said he does not tweet any longer after an incident
involving his account.