Kevin Garnett is renowned for being one of the most ferocious trash talkers in NBA history.
One of his most notable moments is said to have come during a game against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks in 2013.
The pair got into it verbally throughout the game, and something said to Anthony along the way angered him to such an extent that he even tried to confront Garnett by the team bus afterwards.
Anthony was ultimately suspended one game for his actions.
Although nobody could say for certain what Garnett said to Anthony, a rumor began that he had told him that his wife at the time La La Anthony tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.
Years later in her book “The Love Playbook,” La La would go on to say that the story wasn’t true.
“I wasn’t ever going to bring up the Honey Nut Cheerios incident again. But, since I’m writing this book, I might as well set the record straight for good,’’ LaLa wrote. “Kevin Garnett in fact had never said that I tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. I tried to figure out how this big lie was turned into a media firestorm. I still can’t answer that one. … Melo and Kevin are cool today. And now it’s nothing but a faint memory.’’
That said, she did also admit that she didn’t actually know what was said.
“I asked Melo about it and all he said was that Kevin said things you shouldn’t say to a person you have a friendship with or respect for,” La La continued. “[Melo] told him, ‘I’m not some rookie. We’ve been in this league a while together so don’t treat me the way you’d treat a rookie.’ I’m sure the words were a little stronger than that but that was the gist of what Melo said back to Kevin.”
This week, in an interview with GQ, Garnett attempted to set the record straight.
“I’ve never said anything about anyone’s family,” said Garnett. “I never said anything to Melo about La La. I’m a Frosted Flakes man. I’m not a Honey Nut Cheerios guy. I never knew where that came from. Let me clear that up.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 1, 2021
Garnett has always been a fascinating character. Whether he was calling certain NBA owners “snakes” or going off on his former teammates – he always generally kept it pretty real. As such, if he truly had said that about La La, he likely would’ve admitted it.
It’s time to settle the old rumor once and for all. As funny as it may be to think about, Garnett never said La La tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.