“I’m looking forward to getting better,” Garnett said, before adding, “I’ll see you guys next year.”
I want to move past the KG injury, but something deep down inside just won't let me do that. It might be because the last time we saw him (a four game stretch in late March), he played "effectively" in limited minutes. Garnett averaged 9 pts, 4.5 rebounds in those games.
Why couldn't KG deliver that type of performance during the playoffs? I'll go out on a limb and say it would have helped this team tremendously. Why didn't he at least suit up and try to play in the playoffs? Was there too much pain? Was he at risk of further injury?
These are questions the Celtics management (Doc and Danny) never really answered. KG's timetable for a return kept getting pushed back until Doc dropped the bombshell prior to the Bulls series – KG is finished. Say what?
We've seen our stars play with bloody socks in the World Series, and wear walking boots just days before the Super Bowl. Just saying KG can't play isn't a good enough explanation. Not after you strung us along for several weeks (and delayed his surgery). Prove it. How about giving us a detailed medical diagnosis? Or releasing some video of Garnett limping through a workout? That will surely would have put this issue to bed for good.
I love KG for turning around this franchise and bringing another championship to town. But I will always believe he could have given us something in the playoffs. Whether he's to blame or the team, I guess we'll never know.
Go ahead, let the hatemail flow.