Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett is a basketball legend but even the most experienced players in the history of the NBA can sometimes completely lose the plot.
That's what happened to Kevin Garnett on Monday night after he was ejected from the Nets home game against the Houston Rockets for head-butting Dwight Howard.
Now there are plenty NBA fans out there that would love to head-butt Howard, but that doesn't mean we should condone what happened. Howard is annoying that may be true, but if Garnett head-butted Kobe Bryant for instance, we'd all be losing it right now.
With under eight minutes remaining the first quarter on Monday night and the Rockets up by three, Garnett and Howard got into a tangle in the paint. Garnett shoved Howard and the Howard shoved him back.
The Rockets star clearly then said something that angered Garnett, but the Nets man's next actions were simply disgraceful. After throwing the ball at Howard he proceeded to head-butt Howard with decent force. VIEW VIDEO HERE.
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Howard reacted with his hand (palm open) and hit Garnett on the neck with some kind of half-hearted attempt. This then sent Garnett into a wild frenzy, with the former Boston Celtics superstar having to be held back several times for at least five minutes by teammates, opponents and referees.
Garnett needs a huge ban
Now in many fans eyes, Garnett will be seen as some kind of legend today for his head-butt on the much-hated Dwight Howard.
But don't let your possible negative feelings towards Howard get in the way of the fact that this is a shocking state of affairs for the NBA, and the league needs to act quickly and give Garnett a huge ban.
Fair enough, a heat of the moment head-butt is almost understandable but still bad. However, for Garnett to follow that up with a cross-court man hunt of Howard was despicable and not something young fans of the NBA should have to witness.
Had players, opponent and officials not held Garnett back, who knows how the incident would have played out. It could have been horrific and the NBA needs to respond accordingly.