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08:13 AM ET 05.22 | Should they choose to, Philly fans have a new reason to let Kevin Garnett have it. What started as an ode from [Garnett] to the Garden fans ended as another reason for 76ers fans to hate the Celtics center. After praising his own crowd following the Celtics' 101-85 Game 5 win [Monday] night over Philadelphia, Garnett, asked to compare the two groups said, "Not even close. You got fans (in Boston) and then you got fair-weather fans (in Philly). Take it how you want." Come the start of Game 6 [Wednesday] night in the Wells Fargo Center, Garnett will find out exactly how it was taken. ... "This crowd sparks you," said Garnett. "It doesn't take much here. Speaking about this crowd, it's like plugging in."

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May 22, 2012  08:22 AM ET

KG.... Getting the crowd fired up for the Sixers isn't the smartest thing to do at this point.

May 22, 2012  08:23 AM ET

This series is going 7 games. He better hope that Garden crowd can energize those old legs in Game 7.

May 22, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Its good. KG is looking for and accepting competition. I mean I dont like KG personally, but this is what NBA needs, fire and desire

May 22, 2012  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

KG.... Getting the crowd fired up for the Sixers isn't the smartest thing to do at this point.

Game 6 just became "must-see" TV here in the outer lands...

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May 22, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Philly is draining out whatever energy these old legs have. Heat should thank Philly a whole bunch!!

May 22, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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Why take shot at the fans? You don't know, he might play for them next year.

Why in the world would he do that?

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May 22, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why in the world would he do that?

Really... where is he going to go that' s as good as what he's got going in Boston?

KG isn't going anywhere IMO.

May 22, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Free agency and maybe boatload of money if he gets offered. Keep your options open.

He's not going anywhere...

May 22, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Philly is draining out whatever energy these old legs have. Heat should thank Philly a whole bunch!!

Why? the Heat are going through some draining times all their own trying to handle the Pacers

And everyone (Ghost) knows that poor LBNique is exhausted after playing 3 quarters.

May 22, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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This series is going 7 games. He better hope that Garden crowd can energize those old legs in Game 7.

Celtics will finish things in game 6.

May 22, 2012  08:56 AM ET

LOL!!!!! Just please get the win in game 6.... I'm ready to move on....

May 22, 2012  09:08 AM ET

I'm from Philly, but most fanbases across the country are 'fairweather.' Of course there are exceptions like the Canadians, Cubs, RedSox have a long storied tradition, but if a team isn't winning, they usually have a tough time selling out.

Now whats different about 20 years ago is that the price to go see a live sporting event is so expensive that they have lost a good chunk of fans that have been outpriced. I know that I don't go to nearly as many games as I did when I was younger simply because the tickets, parking, and food are so outrageous at these games.

I do think Mr. Garnett needs to look at his history before he makes statements like this as before 2007 (When the Celtics were not an elite team) they were ranked in the 20's out of 30 teams in attendance. I'm sure they weren't selling out the building in 15-67 year in 2006-07 either, so again I think fairweather sports fan exist all over the country.

May 22, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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I'm from Philly, but most fanbases across the country are 'fairweather.' Of course there are exceptions like the Canadians, Cubs, RedSox have a long storied tradition, but if a team isn't winning, they usually have a tough time selling out.Now whats different about 20 years ago is that the price to go see a live sporting event is so expensive that they have lost a good chunk of fans that have been outpriced. I know that I don't go to nearly as many games as I did when I was younger simply because the tickets, parking, and food are so outrageous at these games.I do think Mr. Garnett needs to look at his history before he makes statements like this as before 2007 (When the Celtics were not an elite team) they were ranked in the 20's out of 30 teams in attendance. I'm sure they weren't selling out the building in 15-67 year in 2006-07 either, so again I think fairweather sports fan exist all over the country.

I Agree.... When a team is not winning it's hard to be loyal.... But there's also the crazy prices that make people not wanna go to the games..... I went to the Clipper-Spurs game last sunday and it was SO MUCH MONEY just sitting in the middle rows.... I don't think i'll be doing that again....

May 22, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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KG.... Getting the crowd fired up for the Sixers isn't the smartest thing to do at this point.

Agreed. They'll be raucous for Game 6.

May 22, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Wow, he used his words and didn't curse? They must be paraphrasing him.

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May 22, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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he's not paid to be smart....he's paid to get up a nice sweat lather

Gross.

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