Kevin Garnett's 'pack of hyenas' Celtics speech





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Published on Nov 2, 2012

BOSTON -- Needless to say, Kevin Garnett didn't enjoy the Bucks embarrassing his Celtics a few nights after the Heat dropped 120 on their defense, so he privately addressed his teammates in the locker room afterwards.

"When we came in the locker room, KG spoke," Courtney Lee said. "What he said is that we've got to go into every battle like we're the underdog, like we have nothing, like we're scrapping. He used the hyena as an example. The hyena, when they go for the kill, they eat in packs. And that's how we've got to do it. We've gotta go out there, have each other's backs, play for each other, make the right plays and be on the same page."

Garnett, Lee and even the very vocal Jason Terry wouldn't go into much detail about the postgame speech about hyenas, but it's safe to say it wasn't anything like Zach Galifianakas' wolf pack soliloquy from "The Hangover."

(If it was, it might've gone like this: "You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man hyena pack. But when I met Rondo, I knew he was one of my own. And my hyena pack, it grew by one. So there were two of us in the hyena pack. I was alone first in the pack, and then Rondo joined in later. And a month ago, when Rondo introduced me to you guys, I thought, 'Wait a second, could it be?' And now I know for sure, I just added nine more guys to my hyena pack. Fifteen of us hyenas, running around the Garden together, in Boston, looking for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast!")

It definitely didn't go down like that. Not after the C's allowed Milwaukee's guards to roam free in a 99-88 win.

"Enough was said," said Terry. "There was a lot said. Without me going into detail -- we'll keep that in the locker room -- but a lot was said after the game, and we'll see how we respond [Sunday]. I know we'll respond."

After allowing 46 points in the paint against the Heat on opening night, the Celtics gave up 52 in the key to the Bucks. Nothing worked for Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Not small lineups featuring Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and/or Jared Sullinger. And not the Darko Milicic experiment. Nothing stopped an endless flow of easy buckets.

"Hyenas was the word I used," said Garnett, who scored a team-high 15 points. "We eat in packs here, and we help each other. Since I've been here, we've built a cult of what great organizations have been built on in their history, and that's been not individual but team. I just spoke upon that with everybody in here -- without the coaches -- and just letting all the new guys know what it means to be a C, re-innovating that and letting them understand the severity of putting this jersey on and everything that comes with that. I won't go into that. It's none of y'all business, but I had to re-innovate that, and I felt like tonight was the perfect night to do that."

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