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The Celtics still don’t know whether Kevin Garnett will be playing basketball next season, but if he does, the veteran is obviously hoping offseason rest will solve the left foot and ankle problems that dogged him for a part of this past season.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge reports that Garnett will not go under the knife to deal with bone spurs and other issues.
“I think there was some question whether he was going to have surgery on his foot,” said Ainge. “but the last I heard, which was a few days ago, is that he won’t need surgery.”
Ainge reiterated yesterday, as the workout portion of the NBA combine concluded, that the Celts are giving Garnett time to weigh his career options. This follows the club’s own need for time to see what type of roster it may be able to put around the big man, who turns 37 tomorrow.
As for my take on KG’s future, I’m stumped. Last year I was convinced he would retire. His comments prior to the All-Star break generated more retirement speculation.
The thing about Garnett is… he’s still extremely effective in spurts. Play him 20 minutes a game and he might win 6th man of the year. But is he willing to accept such a role on a team that isn’t guaranteed to compete for a championship?
Despite Danny Ainge’s assertion that Doc Rivers would return to coach the Celtics next season, the Stephen A. Smith blowhole continues to spew nonsense:
“According to my sources, Doc Rivers has intimated to people he’s close to that (leaving the Celtics) was something that he thought about, in terms of moving forward. As far as I’m concerned, he’s still thinking about it,” Smith said. “But he is under contract with Boston. Boston would have to let him out of his contract and give him permission to talk to somebody else, and I’m not sure he’s that willing. It would have to be a great, great opportunity.”
“Danny Ainge’s words, in this matter, mean nothing to me. Absolutely nothing.”
Let me rework that last line:
Stephen A. Smith’s words, in this matter, mean nothing to me. Absolutely nothing.
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