Garnett plays name game with Celtics rookies


Rookiesgo through a transitional period during their first season in the NBA. On the Boston Celtics, part of that experience is how they are addressed by Kevin Garnett. As the five Celticsrookiesshared with, first names are a rarity with the veteran leader.

Fab Melo:The Youngin. He calls everybody Youngin. Oh, and Melo. He calls me by my last name . . . He never calls me Fab. I dont really care about that stuff. In Brazil, we dont care. We call first name, last name, it doesnt really matter. I dont mind.

Dionte Christmas:He called me Temple (Christmas alma mater, Temple University). It was cool, it was alright. I respect it.

Jared Sullinger:Youngin.

Jamar Smith:He calls me something different every dayYoung Fella, Youngin, 'A.' He called me 'A' because he thinks so fast, hes always talking. He calls everybody all kind of names. He hasnt called me by my first name yet. He knows my name. When were talking, when were in the locker room, hell be like, Smith! But for the most part on the court, Youngin and Young Fella.

Kris Joseph:Rook, Young Fella, Youngin, three names. Im assuming he knows my name, but those are the three names he does call me.

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