Rivers bothered by tweeting of in-game comments

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

Milwaukee Bucks.

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

the court.”

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

alleged comment.

”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.