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Kevin Garnett gets in a heated exchange with a heckler on Instagram

UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 15: Enshrinee Kevin Garnett poses for a photo during the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on May 15, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It’s not every day that you get to message an NBA Hall of Famer on Instagram. But that was the case for one NBA fan, who shared an eventful conversation with legendary power forward Kevin Garnett on Instagram DM.

The user, who shared the messages via his Twitter, began the conversation by saying, “Dirk [Nowitzki] owns you.” Surprisingly, Garnett responded, prompting a contemptuous exchange between the two.

“You think so? Dirk never guarded me but I guarded Dirk…”

Kevin Garnett

The heckler then stirred controversy between Garnett and Nowitzki, two of the best power forwards in NBA history. He mentioned Nowitzki’s 2011 championship run, comparing it to Garnett’s 2008 ring.

“Dirk clears you anyways. 2011 ring? You needed to join a superteam. Dirk did it on his own. He’s a real dawg.”

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For a second, the conversation appeared to be over. Nonetheless, the fan kept the exchange alive by asking Garnett to give his thoughts on Nowitzki. At first, Garnett gave praise to the German power forward.

“GREAT!!!! Nothing less”

Kevin Garnett

However, Garnett also took a slight jab at Nowitzki in the process.

“Just didn’t guard [people].”

Kevin Garnett on Dirk Nowitzki

The two legendary big men played each other 40 times in regular-season matchups. Nowitzki won 23 times, averaging 23.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Similarly, Garnett posted a stat line of 21.9/12.1/4.4 in such games.

The duo also met once in the playoffs, a 2002 series in which Nowitzki’s Mavs swept Garnett’s Timberwolves. Coincidentally, the fan also brought up this series in the conversation, likely in hopes of riling up Garnett.

Garnett’s playing career is over, but he’s still found ways to involve himself with the basketball world. From starring in Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems to interacting with rowdy fans on Instagram, The Big Ticket remains an active public figure.

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