Kevin Garnett has played 19 years in the NBA and the single most important piece of advice that he will give any young player trying to make their way at the elite level, don't be a nice guy.
Garnett has been quick to signal what he believes allows longevity in the NBA and his most recent comments come after his teammate Joe Johnson blasted the rest of the Nets squad for being selfish.
Garnett explained to Newsday's Rod Boone:
"[You don't last long in] this league by just whispering or being a nice guy or a guy the ladies like, You’ve got to be an a-----e."
Joe Johnson who has been known as quiet, reserved character throughout his NBA tenure was the man who sparked the Garnett expletive filled rant when he called out his teammates despite their surprisingly good 4-2 start to the new campaign.
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Johnson is known for his big shot making rather than his big mouth, with Paul Pierce leaving for the Wizards and Kevin Garnett slowly diminishing through age, Johnson feels a need to step into a leadership role with the Brooklyn Nets.
First course of action as a possible captain would be to call out his squad when he believes they are not playing up to standard or conducting themselves in the right way, Johnson said:
"Offensively, I just think guys kind of exhaust their options and then, when there's nothing else for them, then they'll pass when they have to. But for the most part, we've been very selfish. I mean, 4-2 is pretty good, but I wouldn't say it's where we want to be right now against teams that aren't playoff teams."
There is some credence to the claims made by the shooting guard however, the Nets actually rank 2nd worst in the league for assist rate and haven't been performing well against the top teams the NBA has to offer.
Garnett's role in this particular incidence is to shed light on the importance of being bold in paving your way in the league.
Johnson usually doesn't make the headlines other than last minute shots or scoring a bunch of points, sometimes creating a little tremor through comments of ill nature will put you in the spotlight, something Garnett has mastered through his many years.
Garnett will continue to preach to young aspiring athletes to give themselves an edge, a nasty streak to carry into the league in order to play with a chip on your shoulder and make the absolutely most of your god given ability.