Is Kevin Garnett Still Salty About LeBron James? The King’s Absence From His All-Time Lineup Might Suggest So

Published 11/23/2021, 9:45 AM EST
Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) walks off the court after being ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


NBA stars and former players have always admired and respected LeBron James. The 36-year-old’s NBA colleagues often speak highly of him with fans also considering him as one of the GOATs. Given that, it came as a shock when a former rival recently omitted LeBron from his All-Time NBA team.

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Former NBA star Kevin Garnett generated controversy with his exclusion of LeBron James from his lineup. Garnett and LeBron were fierce competitors in the NBA before the former retired in 2016. Garnett made his comments on a podcast called ‘Million Dollaz Worth Of Game’.

He said, “I got Kobe in my two, I got Kobe in my two. I know you gonna say MJ and I’m supposed to that. Shout out to MJ, ’cause he the guard and we copied him and sh*t but I got Kobe in my two.” Garnet further said, “I’m putting KD at my three. KD’s like a real fade. And then I’m putting, I’m gonna go with Wilt.

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Garnett chose Magic Johnson as the point guard. He chose Kobe Bryant for the two spot. Kevin Durant came in at the small forward position. Wilt Chamberlain came in at the pivot with Garnett choosing himself as the power forward. In a notable exclusion, he left out LeBron James. Even as he named a full 12-man lineup, it didn’t include LeBron.

His exclusion of LeBron will astonish many NBA fans as they consider LeBron in the GOAT debate. Garnett’s exclusion of Michael Jordan is also sure to raise many eyebrows. Garnett guided the Boston Celtics to their 2008 NBA championship title.

LeBron faced the Boston Celtics and Garnett in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Celtics dominated the playoffs series and eventually won 4-2 against LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron joined the Miami Heat the next season in a controversial move.

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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons in a game marred with controversy. LeBron James was at the center of this controversy as the referee ejected him for an altercation with Isaiah Stewart. The Lakers, however, secured a win with a final score of 121-116 at Little Caesars Arena.

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Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after getting ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron scored only 10 points before facing an ejection in the third quarter. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook stepped up for the Lakers scoring 30 and 26 points, respectively. Jerami Grant led the Pistons scoring 36 points, followed by Hamidou Diallo with 17 points. The Lakers will visit the New York Knicks next.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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