Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 4/16/13
After a ruptured Achilles defanged The Black Mamba, Kevin Garnett looked to the magic of texting to send his best wishes. Even the fiercest rivals hate to see each other fall to injury, and in this case you know Garnett was hoping to meet Kobe Bryant in The Finals to exact his vengeance for 2010. Despite their history of playoff showdowns (including Kevin's Minnesota days), Kobe and KG have a level of respect for each other's professionalism that hearkens back to an earlier era. Unlike the new generation of LeBrons and Durants pallin' around in the offseason, these two are sworn enemies. But like two great warriors, they understand each other's brilliance. 2 of the best players of their generation, (along with Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowtizki, Shaquille O'Neal, and Steve Nash, to name a few) it's sad to see that their gun-slinging showdowns are probably over. The Lakers chances at making a deep run in the playoffs are now very low, and Bryant's days as a top-3 player are all but gone (It ...
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