There was no offer from Boston. I waited a while, about a month or
two, because I love Boston, I love the fans, I wanted to be there, but
nothing happened. Then Cleveland made their offer, and I had nowhere
else to go, so I gave them my word that I’d go there. You know, I’m
the kind of person… I never go back on my word.
After the Cavs made their offer, did you start getting other offers?
I got offers from Portland, Dallas, the Lakers said if they didn’t
bring Odom back that there was definitely interest, Memphis, and then
Boston made an offer, but I had already told Cleveland I was coming.
If you believe the timetable Leon lays out in this interview, the Celtics made an offer (albeit a late one) before he signed Cleveland's contract. Unfortunately, Leon already verbally committed. How can I fault a guy who doesn't go back on his word?
This frightening tidbit in the Globe's basketball notes column (via Peter May):
join the 40,000-minutes club just before Thanksgiving. Garnett enters
the season with 39,635. With three years left on his contract, he has
already logged more time than Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas, and Dominique Wilkins.
With some guys, age catches up to them overnight. Let's hope Garnett isn't one of those guys.