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“I was basically in on every team meeting, every players meeting, every coaches meeting, the locker room, so it was pretty all-inclusive. It was a very good situation,” Saunders said. “I’ve known Doc from when Doc was my assistant coach on the Goodwill Games team when we played down in Australia [in 2001], him and myself and [Michigan State coach] Tom Izzo was also an assistant there. All three of us created a good friendship and when I was let go in Washington, Doc said, ‘Hey I’d like you to come in as an adviser.’ ”
“I remember when we drafted KG [in 1995], we said to him his first year, we played him as a small forward and I told him you’re going to be an All-Pro player as a power forward but you’re probably going to end your career as a center,” Saunders said. “And with Garnett playing center, the Celtics after the All-Star break had the third-best record in the NBA.”
Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.
Star Tribune (h/t Celtics Life)
I value Flip Saunders’ opinion. Not only is he close with KG, but he was inside the team’s inner circle for the final two months of the season. I would kill to have that kind of access for one day.
If there were any signs or locker room chatter that Garnett was leaning towards retirement, Saunders wouldn’t tell the media he’s “positive” about KG’s return.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Kevin Garnett report card | Keyon Dooling report card | Draft profile: Andrew Nicholson | CSNNE – Knowledge is power for Celtics’ attentive Johnson | WEEI – Flannery mock draft | ESPN – NBA weighs flopping penalties