During his weekly appearance on the The Big Show, Celtics president Danny Ainge was asked for his view of the situation involving Kevin Garnett and Detroit forward Charlie Villanueva. The Pistons' forward wrote on Twitter that Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during the Celts' Tuesday night win over the Pistons. Ainge was quick to support Garnett's assertion that he was referring to Villanueva's role on his team and not any medical situation.
"Well, there's one thing I know for sure, and that's KG would not offend cancer patients," said Ainge. "That makes no sense, and it makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's not something -- in 30 years [in the NBA] -- I've ever heard someone say, in trash talking ... for a player to say to another player 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'? And the other point I'd like to make, before we move on to real basketball, is tweeting is not about an opportunity, tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases. He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling people about it, as a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention, and if anyone is offended it's Charlie Villanueva who has brought that to attention, not KG. Second of all, Charlie would never tweet 'KG said to me I am a cancer' because that's embarrassing to Charlie. So he's tries to discredit KG and tries to bring sympathy to himself. There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion. I juts think this is just … we know who KG is. Talk about what you like or don't like about KG this is ludicrous."
Ainge was asked if he felt there would be repercussions from the NBA regarding the Garnett/Villanueva matter.
"First of all, both players have completely different stories," said Ainge, who has not been contacted by the league and said he does not expect to hear from NBA on the subject. "One guy has a twitter account where he blurts things out, that's the first thing. Doc said he heard what KG said and I believe Doc. Doc isn't going to say that if it's not true. I believe Doc and I believe KG."
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