Which NBA tough guy would win in a fight: Bill Laimbeer or Kevin Garnett? | The Tylt
May 19 is a good day to be born a tough guy. NBA greats Bill Laimbeer and Kevin Garnett, two of the league’s most physical players, drew their first breath on this day. Laimbeer was the resident provocateur on the Bad Boy Pistons teams, while Kevin Garnett whose bark was as sharp as his bite. Who would win in a fight? 🏀 👊
Which NBA tough guy would win in a fight: Bill Laimbeer or Kevin Garnett?
There may be no player who used raw emotion better than Kevin Garnett. His intensity took him to new heights, and it also rubbed other athletes the wrong way.
Garnett’s emotion would manifest itself in a lot of trash talk. And nothing was too far. He allegedly once called Charlie Villanueva, who has an autoimmune skin disease, a cancer patient. He also got Carmelo Anthony so riled up so that Anthony tried to confront him at the Celtics’ team bus.
But what were they going to do about? Garnett was one of the most insane people you’d find on a basketball court. He had no problems chicken-winging his elbows out on screens, and telling you about it the next couple hundred times up and down the floor.
Laimbeer provoked some of the biggest guys in the NBA during his era, but none of them were as crazy as KG. Garnett wouldn’t care who Laimbeer is. He would just put him on his ass, no questions asked.
Kevin Garnett’s intensity bordered on insanity. With Bill Laimbeer, however, there was a method to the madness, which may have been even more terrifying. The Piston center would employ subtle tricks that would assure he would maximize physical damage while hiding it from the referees.
His legend is built on hard fouls that would rile up the opposing team’s best players and get them ejected from the game. He knew they were more important to their team than he was to his, so even if he got caught and kicked out, the Pistons would come out on top anyway.
Add in the Oscar-worthy flops he would use to get teams into foul trouble, and you had one of the most annoying players in league. However, opposing teams that thought Laimbeer was soft were in for a rude awakening
Players that dared to challenge him were met with a hard-nosed dude who was unintimidated, and Laimbeer won more fights than he lost. Laimbeer is the kind of guy who would feign injury, and then throw sand in your eye to get the upper hand.
Laimbeer got the better of emotional players during a more physical era of basketball. Kevin Garnett might have his way in this soft NBA, but he would fall right into Laimbeer's trap.
NBA players usually know a shoving match isn't going to escalate into anything more. Kevin Garnett was one of the only players where there was a good chance that wasn't going to be the case.
No superstar was safe when Bill Laimbeer was on the court.