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Garnett makes reference to the end of his career on the near horizon

Sep 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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Kevin Garnett is doing the media rounds this week, talking about everything from how he almost joined the Lakers, to his future in basketball. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Garnett gave the token lines about how the union is “really united” this time, said he wanted to retire with the Celtics, and then gave some insight into the fact that the end of his career is closer than you might think.

When asked if he would play past next season, Garnett said with a giggle: “My body and I gotta actually have a one-on-one to see future-wise where I’m at and what I want to do. So, I will make that decision.’’

via Garnett says players united – The Boston Globe.

This is very much in the theme of Garnett’s statements historically. Surprisingly, he’s not the type to talk about playing till he’s 40, or want to hold on as long as possible. For as psychotic as he is on the floor, he’s surprisingly level-headed off the court. When it’s time to go, he’ll likely head off. He’s on his championship ring, won his MVPs, made his money. His investment in this CBA is primarily to protect players like they did for him in ’99. There’s a sense of obligation there, whether you think it’s misplaced or not.

Statements like this, as joking as it may have been, also gives you an idea of why the Celtics have already started looking to the future by obtaining the Clippers’ pick, getting Jeff Green (hold your comments, please), and clearing space for 2012. The Big 3 Era’s not over. But you can sense the closing scene opening up.

  1. goforthanddie - Sep 3, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    He might have one decent season left, but he’s already breaking. The question is, does he want to go like Shaq, or quit while he’s not a total joke?

  2. ghelton03 - Sep 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    I think the author of the article makes a great observation, the Celtics have already moved on. It is also apparent in that they did not discuss contract extension with Garnett before the lockout.

    If Garnett is able to play and wants to play, I hope that he does. I think OKC could use him coming off the bench behind Serge and I would love to see him in there with Perk and the young guns in OKC.

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