|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM|
Consider Hollins surprised, too, as it appeared he simply got an elbow up a little too high on Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young while attempting to box out around the basket on a Rajon Rondo jumper. That didn't stop Kevin Garnett from having a little fun with the situation, particularly after Hollins said he wanted to play with an intensity level similar to Garnett.
"I told him to be careful about my intensity, it'd get him kicked out of the league, man," cracked Garnett. "His first game in Philly, he got a fine and a tech, like, 30 seconds into the game, so he might want to be careful with that."
On a more serious note, Garnett and Hollins were fast friends after they got to spend time together working out in Southern California during the lockout. And it might have been Hollins' intensity that the two players bonded over during pick-up games, which laid the foundation for his arrival after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers last week.
"This intensity comes with a sense of meditation and a sense of under control. But I love his intensity," said Garnett. "The kid plays really, really hard. I had a chance to spend some time with him this summer. Summertime's the time when you're working on things, but for me, I don't make a lot of friends, and I can say that I made one in him. I like the way the kid approaches the game. He wants to be more than good. You see it in his face, you see it in his work ethic. I'm a big fan of his, so I'm glad he's here, and, like the other young guys, whatever he wants to know, I'm here for him. So, I'm happy he's a C."
It seems like it takes a select few that reach Garnett. Hollins is one of those players that have caught KG's eye. Hollins may not see that much time this season, but he's got a chance to learn from one of the greatest players ever. Hollins showed hustle last night against the Wizards. He looked decent on defense, although he had a few mistakes on the defensive end. I liked what I saw from Hollins.