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Doc Rivers wants KG back

Mar 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles Reuters

It’s been a really interesting season in the legacy of Kevin Garnett. Boston folks can’t stop talking about how much production he’s giving teams, how well he’s playing, how he’s been the best player on the team. The rest of us keep noticing that while his production is there and he’s still as crafty a defender as ever, able to knock down that mid-range jumper, there’s something missing from his jump, his speed, his overall ability due to age. There’s a slip there, and it’s slight, but it’s there.

But Boston loves what he’s doing so much, there’s no talk of moving on. Instead, Doc Rivers is already talking up bringing Garnett back this summer when he’s a free agent.

But Garnett is a free agent after this season, and there’s no word yet on what his plans are for the future. One thing is clear though: if he wants to play, the Celtics want him playing in Boston.

“Oh yeah, absolutely. We want him back,” Rivers said. “I think it will come down to if he wants to play or not. But, you know, who knows? So many games and so many things can happen. Being around this as long as I have I know it is very emotional how the season ends. And a lot of players have made poor decisions on the end of a season, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

via Rivers: ‘We want [Garnett] back’.

Boston just doesn’t seem ready to move forward. Danny Ainge seems like he is, but he hasn’t actually made the move. He flipped Perkins, but when Jeff Green was lost to the heart condition, he doubled down on the core. He didn’t move Rondo or any of the Big 3 at the deadline. Is it possible that a late playoff run, possibly to the Eastern Conference Finals could convince Boston to make one more go with the old guys? They’re not under any duress to transition to the next stage as long as they’re competitive, and they’re still competitive enough. It seems like there’s a gap between them and the top teams in the league, but we thought the same thing in 2010.

Going to be a very interesting couple of months in Boston.

  1. eureca323 - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    This was posted yesterday on here.

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/23/doc-rivers-says-celtics-want-kevin-garnett-back-next-season/

    • rodgersmvp - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      He REALLY wants KG back

  2. bearsstillsuck - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Deja vu.

    That must be pretty embarrassing.

  3. legeisyaj - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    He stays as long as he wants..period.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    He’d look great in the PURP & GOLD, finishing out his HOF career playing alongside his close friend THE BLACK MAMBA.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    And, he owns a home in L. A. already!!

  6. eugenesaxe - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    They’re not under any duress to transition to the next stage as long as they’re competitive, and they’re still competitive enough.

    If they aren’t prime Eastern Conf finalists, they aren’t competitive enough. If I was a Boston fan, I would not want the team having that attitude.

  7. bozosforall - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    He’s a wuss.

  8. rgledz - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    You PBT writers are a joke. All of this garbage about KG and Jimmer and not one damn mention about Kevin Love’s 51 points against OKC all day long. If Kobe scores 50 it’s stories all day, but not one mention of K Love’s performance. Nice attempt at journalism boys.

    • jjordannba - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      K-Love’s Monster performance was mentioned, it’s 3 articles to your right

  9. thetruth702 - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Damn. You writers and reporters and analysts need to GET OVER the age thing. You been sayin it for years. Obviously they can still play. They win you say they have a chance at winning it all. They lise and they need to rebuild. Shut up already. You guys dont play. You arent them. If they are on the court they are in good enough shape to play. Damn.

  10. thetruth702 - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Why move any of the big 3? Worked out real well for the lakers when they tried huh? That odom guy? Where is he? Oh yea, dallas. Nobody would be talkin smack if ainge wasn’t so stupid and got rid of perkins for green and who? Some dude in turkey? He’s an idiot. Championship team with perk and now they are barely makin it

  11. pukpokito - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I think Ainge’s made a presumption that He can get Howard this offseason.Only to realize in the process that no way this happens.Howard does NOT want to be a celtic.His cap space for this summer and Perkins trade somehow you can conclude that it was.All blown up in his face.And now the best 7 footer out there for him is Mcgee and Kaman.Not exactly Howard and definitely Not Perkins in physical presence, heart, and anchor in their defense.Worse, with all things coming up short anyway, they aren’t exactly going for Kentucky’s Anthony Davis by being in the playoff hunt.What do you do?There is no free agent out there that you can build on and no Big man.

  12. havlicekstoletheball - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    The slip in Garnett’s game isn’t one of foot speed or shooting. It’s rebounding. He is getting killed on the boards. Notice how many times his man is getting to the offensive glass. That isn’t age or speed, it is hustle and willingness to bang. When the Celtics lose, look at the stat sheet for opponent FGAs and second chance points.

    While he still is the team’s leading rebounder, he is now an average rebounder, and he isn’t sharing them with Perkins any more. If the Celts are to go anywhere, he needs to get back to being as relentless on the boards as he was in his last few years in Minnesota.

    It is all effort. Hell, Paul Silas averaged 12 or 13 rebounds a game at 6-5 and he couldn’t jump over a Sunday newspaper.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      All you who thumbs down, check Monday’s box scores.

      33 minutes, 4 rebounds. Same as his starting shooting guard. Two fewer than his point guard.

      Opposing center Biyombo had 5 rebounds in 15 minutes, Mullins had seven rebounds in 33 minutes.

  13. onchieonch - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Kevin Garnet still have a lot left on his tank. In my opinion, the big 3 of the C’s are still on their best performance. If ever KG decides to stay with Boston, what they need to improve is their low post defense. The Celtics are still suffering under the wrong move of trading Kendrick Perkins away. They really need to have a strong force under the paint.

  14. bozosforall - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Ungrateful POS

    http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/kg_has_no_love_for_his_original_franchise/10431118

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