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Your Morning Dump… Where KG hears y’all calling him old

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 29, 2012 Uncategorized 11 Comments



 

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

“I’m motivated, you know? I hear y’all calling me old. I hear y’all calling me older, weathered. It don’t take really much to motivate me, man. I’m older in basketball years, but in life I’m 30-something. I’m looking at your gray hair, no hair, half hair, beautiful hair, wet hair. I’m just motivated. I like to use that word.

“The first half wasn’t the most pleasurable for us. I thought I could be better, and I’ve been working towards that. I’ve been giving myself a true analysis in the mirror, looking at myself, telling myself, ‘What can I do better?’ And I’ve been going towards that. I know there are some things I can get better at, and I’ve been trying to do that.

“It doesn’t take much to motivate me, man. I don’t watch too many of you guys’ interviews — garbage — but the ones I do catch, it’s an opinion and it is what it is, but it puts a spark under me, and I like that. Playing against younger talent that’s supposed to be prolific and supposed to be above average, but I’m old, though, you know? Like I said, again, for the third time, it doesn’t take much to motivate me. That’s what it is. That’s what you see.”

WEEI:  KG: "I hear y'all calling me old"

Kevin Garnett is awesome in so many ways.  I love when he does these postgame interviews and is feeling a little saucy.  I knew from the beginning that anyone who wrote a pre-eulogy before its time would be exposed as a moron who was too quick on the trigger to write KG off

It just turns out KG needed to get into shape becasue he wasn't ready for the season to start.  He thought there wouldn't be a season and the quick resolution to the lockout after de-certification caught him by surprise.  

He's in shape now.  And he's in full prick mode… mixing it up with Al Jefferson, chucking an elbow into his sternum and making sure his shoulder caught Big Al square in the mug as he walked past him to get into position for a free throw.  I think Ryan Hollins summed it up best earlier this week:

"You hate him," Hollins admitted, "when you're playing against him. You love to be on his team. You see how he's kind of the model for bigs around the league when you talk about talking, communicating, rotating, things like that.

"He's Kevin Garnett. He's always the example, the ideal. Now I have him as a teammate, and I'm glad to be on his side."

Yup.  KG is being KG… and it is glorious. 

You know… if KG got motivated by all the people calling him old, and that helped lead him to this point… then you might be able to say I helped turn the Celtics season around. 

Yeah…. you're welcome. 

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  KG: "I hear y'all calllng me old"  |  WEEI:  Is Kevin Garnett the center for now and the future?  |  Herald:  Motivated KG pouring it on  |

On Page 2:  The Celtics hope Ray's back tomorrow

“He’s not doing great enough to play,” said Doc Rivers. “He went through shootaround today and didn’t feel great, so we’re hoping for Friday. I’m not that concerned by it, but I don’t know anyway. He’ll be fine I think. We just hope it doesn’t become one of those things that lingers for a couple of games, and then he has to sit out a couple. But I honestly don’t have the knowledge to know that.

Herald:  Ray out a little longer

The Celtics are 8-1 without Ray Allen.  It's a quirk of scheduling and matchups, but it's also partly the fact that Ray isn't quite the player he was in the past.  

Now, maybe some of that's the ankle.  Maybe some of it is age.  I'm not sure what it is, but there is something there.  He's constantly getting burned on D, where as Bradley and Pietrus, who have started in his absence, are much better defenders.  

Personally, I say move Ray to the bench, start Rondo and Bradley (or Pietrus if he can make it back at all…. we'll have to wait and see if that's possible) and now bring Ray in at the same time you sub KG out.  Now you've not only got a shooter on the second unit, you've got Ray matching up against 2nd teamers, which will make it easier for him to get his shot off and defend.

This isn't one of those "let's move a starter to the bench because the bench sucks" ideas.  This is a "Ray's not what he used to be and it's time to consider him moving to the bench" idea.  I still think Ray finishes games because he's a clutch player… but it'd be easier, I think, to get him going offensively if he moves to the bench.  Once he's on that roll… he's hard to stop.

Related links:  CSNNE:  Doc on Ray: "We're hoping for Friday"  |  WEEI:  Rivers not concerned about Ray's ankle  |  Herald:  Injured Allen out again 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Hollins alley oops his way into fans hearts  |  ESPN Boston:  What if Austin Rivers is on board for C's?  |  Postgame notes:  Health over seeding  |   Technicals rescinded for Hollins, Stiemsma  |  Herald:  Celtics flag down win  |  Big Al Jefferson eats up Hub  |  Globe:  Celtics tune out Jazz  |  Rough night for Jefferson  |  Rivers gives son blessing to enter draft  |  MWDN:  C's make sweet music

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  • Rondo To KG

    I got a feeling that Ray will be available against the Heat and that’s why we’re being cautious with him. If we’re getting wins, we might as well make sure Ray is 100% for when we really need him.

  • John Doe

    I don’t see Pietrus or Avery starting in place of Ray, when or if he returns. Doc would never do that or confuse his rotations. The pundits can keep calling KG, Duncan, Kobe, Ray, Manui, Pierce, Dirk, Kidd and Nash old, but they’re ballin right now and will be all-time greats.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    lack of team depth in a seven game series scare me

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Love KG to death, but i’m deathly afraid of Danny giving him a bloated contract after this year because there are no bigs on the market….or LA tempting him to wear their fruity uniforms and play with the Rapist.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    Love how you notice Ray getting burned on defense too much but conveniently never see that happen to RR. Anyway, Ray has been streaky offensively the last few years for stretches. I think he’ll come around and be fine.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    why would you think I never see it happen to Rajon?

  • kg215

    You don’t have to worry about that, Ainge is not a sentimental guy and he is clearly focused on rebuilding starting from next year. That is why he made no moves to get any okay players before the deadline.

  • kg215

    Stats still say Rondo is one of the best defenders in the Nba at the PG position, even though he does gamble too much. It isn’t the same for Ray he is always in great shape but just isn’t quick enough. It hurts on offense too, he can’t even get past bad defenders by dribbling anymore. Second unit makes a lot of sense, he can be more of a focal point and 2nd unit guys will have more trouble guarding him as he runs off screens.

  • Derek

    Redsarmy, in the writing KG off post, you call the people morons that wrote him off on January 17th, but you wrote him off too with the comments below the statement….
    Anyway, I love having KG back being Feisty, cant wait for the playoffs!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I know…. I was making fun of myself. That’s why I linked back to myself.

  • James Eisenman

    Hmmm. I think it was on March 15, when you wrote that RR did okay in the game even though he might have “been responsible for some of Nate’s (Robinson’s) success…though some of it was also caused by him having to cover his teammates asses and getting pulled out of position,” That comment could not have been further from the truth. I commented then and posted video which showed him getting torched by Nate in the 4th Quarter, without anyone else being at fault, except his lazy, unbalanced, cheating defense causing most of the problems.