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Last year, I wrote the inaugural edition of “Quentin Richardson is an Idiot” based on dumb comments that the Celtics didn’t scare him, even after they beat the Knicks by 45 points (SoB’s Jeff and I were at that game). Before that blowout, he said that the Big Three didn’t intimidate him and they’re just over-hyped.
Boston then won the NBA title, while the Knicks finished 23-59. That put Q in his place. Right?
Let’s let Richardson tell you himself:
“I think a few of those guys know they can’t just say anything to us,” said Richardson. “I’m just real curious to see what those guys will be saying if we weren’t in a basketball league, and didn’t have referees. I mean it wouldn’t be the same story. I mean they are the world champions and rah-rah-rah, but the tough part I don’t factor.”
“I come from a neighborhood where you can say what you want to say, but ’til you do something, it don’t mean nothing. Some of those guys are happy to get a ring, but you ain’t been in the league long enough to talk to people like that. I don’t have a lot of respect for that. Like I said, I’d be curious to hear what they have to say in a different setting, I’d be very curious to see that.”
I don’t get it. Is he challenging some Celtics players to a street fight? I may have not been on the court to hear what was said, but I can’t imagine what could’ve forced Q to talk about how tough he is. Kevin Garnett is the most vocal player on the Celtics and also the one most likely to talk trash, but he wasn’t in the arena due to his silly suspension. Did Rajon Rondo or Kendrick Perkins (two young players) really spark the harsh words from Richardson?
Richardson is averaging 10 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 threes per game for the 6-5 Knicks. New York next comes to Boston December 21. You better believe he’ll have some explaining to do, but the most likely scenario is that he’ll talk before the game, and he’ll talk after the game. He just won’t talk during the game…
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