Kevin Garnett are essentially unbeatable. They won a championship their
one full season together and almost beat the Eastern Conference
champion Magic without Garnett a few months ago.
been out of sight all summer. Will he be back at 100% or close from his
injury? If so, the Celtics are powerful contenders. If not … the
upgraded Cavaliers and Magic will have to be considered the favorites
in the East.
Meanwhile, in the absence of Garnett, the most
productive Celtic in the playoffs was Rondo, who was rumored to be on
the block early in the summer. On draft day Chad Ford reported:
"Several league sources told me about Doc Rivers' relationship with
Rondo. They say Rivers has told them Rondo is 'impossible to coach' and
'stubborn.' The worry is that if the Celtics give him a big contract
extension next year, he'll be even more unmanageable in the future."
Pencil the Celtics in as contenders. But realize, there is a lot of volatility in that market.
Why does there seem to be more concern about KG bouncing back from a bone spur operation than Leon Powe returning from his 3rd reconstruction?
Call me a green-teamer, naive or just plain stupid, but I have zero concerns about Kevin Garnett's knee. What does concern me is his overall health. Injuries (abdominal tear and knee) have forced the 33-year old to miss stretches of games over the past two seasons. The mileage is starting to add up. Fortunately, between Rasheed Wallace and BBD there's enough support on the bench to keep KG rested.
Two months ago, Rondo's attitude and the trade rumors surrounding him were the biggest off-season story in the NBA. Well, the drama sure has died down.
We all know those Doc quotes about Rondo's attitude which fanned the flames were from two years ago and used by the media to sensationalize the story. Just like most players and teams come contract time, there is a difference of opinion regarding the player's worth. That's the only problem here. Rondo will be fine, he has to be. He's got a contract to play for.