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Is this Kevin Garnett’s last season? Ever?

Jun 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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For the past four regular seasons, Kevin Garnett has been the same — good, maybe All-Star good. His offense is solid and he is still the anchor of the Boston defense. These playoffs have been no different and he has played well, stepping up his game at points the Celtics have needed it.

Is Garnett willing to walk away from the game while he still has something left?

At least someone close to KG says yes, reports Steve Aschburner at NBA.com.

But at least one league source who knows Garnett well thinks a proud, strong exit and, as they say in show biz, a chance to leave ‘em wanting more might be his plan. “I think that’s what we’ve been seeing in these playoffs,” the friend of Garnett said. “The way he’s been playing, it’s like he wants to go out on his terms.”

Maybe. It has been 17 seasons he’s been in the league. But I doubt it. I think Boston will try to bring him back on a less expensive, short-term deal and other teams will compete with that. I’d be shocked if he retired anywhere else, I think he’s a Celtic or nothing.

To me, KG is the kind of guy who finds it hard to just walk away, he’s too competitive. But it’s not out of the question.

  1. bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    He would be stupid to take less money to go back to Boston. If he has ANY pride whatsoever, he demands to be paid the maximun that his skills demand. Add to that the fact that Boston is just gettinig older by the minute. The last game showed that the only one who has any legs left is Rondo. He would be better off trying to go to an up-and-coming team like the Sixers (especially if Philly could find some way to dump Brand, who is in much further decline than Garnett).

    • danielcp0303 - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Isn’t that the opposite of pride?

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        Pride in yourself is getting paid what you are worth. Settling for less isn’t pride, it’s wimping out. He owes NOTHING to the city of Boston and their whiny fan base. Particularly because, if he does re-sign with them and then doesn’t live up to his contract, they will quickly forget the good times and crucify him the first chance they get. It has happened to countless athletes in Boston over the years, in every sport…the list is endless. So, if he has any pride in himself, he will go where the fans will support him all the way to the end. Timberwolves fan would love to see him finish his career where he started, maybe even finally giving their young team a chance to learn from his experience. If he really wants to show that he can truly lead a team, that would be the better option for him…up until now, he will always be seen as the second banana to Pierce in Boston.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Typical idiotic comment from the clown. First, explain to me how the Sixers are young and upcoming, yet they have 2 young guards(Williams & Holliday-don’t tell me Turner is good, he sucks), like the Celtics, and the 2 vets(Brand, Iggy) are not spring chickens. Admit this- the Celtics have a strong guard core to move forward with. Ignore Bradley, that is fine, but it just proves my point that you don’t really watch or know the game. The C’s also have 2- 1st rd picks coming, and Ainge doesn’t really miss on draft picks(look it up). Why would Garnett go somewhere he doesn’t know anyone &uses an up tempo offense? Your logic, once again, is stupid. Learn the game.

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

        Typical blind response by a typical moronic bandwagon Boston fan. The young Sixers took the Celtics to seven games and with someone such as Garnett instead of Brand would have easily beaten the Celtics in the playoffs this year. And Turner is better than your second best guard (and a hell of a lot younger..read, up and coming). As I said before (but you conveniently ignored), Brand would have to go to make room for Garnett..and Iggy is still marketable for pieces that can compliment what the Sixers currently have. As for Ainge’s draft history, from Songaila to Bradley, he hasn’t drafted one single superstar in his entire tenure as GM, not really hitting on anyone special (and with his only real great deal being the one where McHale, his former teammate, practically gave him KG for a bag of basketballs). It is your lack of knowledge that is stupid, which would make you the one who needs to learn the game, grazeonandsucksomed!cks.

      • bleedgreen4life - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Really? The Sixers aren’t up and coming? Their average age is 24 and thats with Iggy and Brand on the roster!!! (Brand will be gone and Iggy is a strong possibility.) This Sixer’s team took the Celtics to a game 7 where unfortunately they couldn’t finish. I’ll admit that Boston has one of the best guard combos in the league. Rondo is one of the best (if not the best) in the league and Bradley is a great defender. As for the Sixers, Lou is going to walk and I think with a full offseason for Holiday and Turner cemented as the starters they will grow together. The feeling with the new owners is that this team is going to be almost completely different (with the exception of players like jrue, evan, lavoy, nik, thad, and maybe iggy) I’m sorry to say this but Philly could very well be the team to be in the Atlantic in the upcoming years. There’s nothing more that I’d like then to see the Philly/Boston rivalry revived. It seems like neither teams have been good at the same time in quite a while.

      • jjordannba - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        Bozo you are a sick man nobody takes you serious, and Ainge never drafted a superstar? He drafted Rondo nuff said

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:33 AM

        @ jjordannba

        Ainge and the C’s did NOT draft Rondo, that would be Kerr and the Suns. Nuff said.

      • jjordannba - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        @00maltliquor i knew an idiot like you would say that. Bozo said “he (Ainge) hasn’t drafted one single superstar in his entire tenure as GM, not really hitting on anyone special.” Going into the draft Ainge knew he was getting Rondo and negotiated with Suns to pick him so they C’s can trade him immediately. That’s basically drafting him

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      clown, I have asked this before, but are you from anywhere near New England? How do you formulate opinions on the people of Massachusetts? You live there? I am intrigued. I have a feeling you have never been anywhere near there and every opinion you have is based off of everyone else who is clueless like yourself, but hey, prove me wrong.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        I’ve been there many times and have worked with New England transplants. Sorry, but the opinion rings true. The country didn’t come up with the term “Ma$$hole” for no reason. And given the fact that New Englanders have such poor opinions of those from other parts of the country (West Coasters, Midwesterners, Southerners, etc.), you hypocrites have no right to be critical of anyone who returns the favor. Oh wait, I forgot…you crybabies would never let that stop you from whining about being put upon.

    • j0esixpack - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Obsess much?

      Seriously.

      John Hinckley called. Even he thinks you need to take a chill pill.

      You realize your obsession isn’t normal or healthy don’t you? You do realize you are sick and need help, don’t you?

      You realize you’ve gone beyond simply humilating yourself and entered the real where people here are questioning your sanity, don’t you?

      • bozosforall - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        You act like I give a sh!t about what you Boston idiots think. Meanwhile, it’s obvious that what I say here bothers you and your fellow New England morons immensely. And regarding “obsession”, nothing will ever top the nearly 100 year obsession that Red Sox fans have had with the New York Yankees. Hordes of grown men wearing “Yankees Suck” T-shirts to a kid’s game played by adults. The epitome of jealous desperate behavior. Look in the mirror, hypocrite.

      • thetruth1313 - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:32 AM

        Ha! Same routine as always! Bozo won’t have a comeback so he says what he always does, no matter what sports site he is on. Goes like this “oh yeah! Well Yankees are awesome and you are jealous”. Never fails!

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Bozo’s a hateful loser. Ignore him. His hate runs deep, like Satan’s. Nobody has as many thumbs downs as Bozo the hateful loser and little bitch.

    • 24thesho - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:32 AM

      After 17 years in the NBA, a ring, if the Celtics could make playoffs runs for the next 2 years, if he really loves the game and the Massachusetts (and the greater Boston) area and he’s made more many than he’d ever need; why would that make him stupid? Sometimes, more money makes one even more stupid. I would not call K.G. stupid; but if he did play with OKC for a season or two, then he could possibly win at least one more championship but that ain’t not going to happen. As for Rondo, I think Miami would be one good place for him.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Makes him stupid because Boston is the most racist city in America. Don’t believe me, just ask Bill Russell.

  2. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Dirty, disrespectful, brash, cheap shots, strange, trash talker ….

    With that being said he was an amazing weapon on offense and intimidating defender.

    Zero respect for him as a person/player just an absoloute piece of trash, one of those guys that needs the game to stay sane … prob highlight the media headlines for trouble after he hangs em up.

    They should put KG and Artest in a ring a bottle of Tequila. Great reality TV.

    • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Artest would beat KG to a pulp in the ring.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        LOL I would side with you on that one for sure. He might even eat his face off since thats trending.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:41 AM

        WHAT!??! Why so many thumbs down?? Who’s gonna say with a straight face that Artest/MWP wouldn’t mop the floor with KG in a fight??! WHO? You guys are as crazy as MWP!

    • 24thesho - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      Yeah, but, he’s always the superstar, was very loyal to the T-Wolves, had never been in any trouble at least to which was newsworthy, practically raised his baby sister, and leaves all it on the court, as far as I can see. Btw, John Stockton and Karl Malone were “not so clean” players. At least, with KG you know what you’re getting, and, he was the face and franchise for the T-Wolves for a lot of those years. A piece of trash is not how anyone should describe Kevin Garnett, for any reason.

  3. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    KG isn’t done. The guy still has a lot left in the tank. I liked him in Minnesota, I hate him in Boston. He talks a little too much for my liking, but the talent is still there.

  4. bearsstillsuck - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I believe you logic is flawed bozo.

  5. thetruth1313 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Not just his logic. He’s just flawed overall. For someone who hates Boston sports so much (remember he posts on EVERY Boston article), he seems to know what they should and need to do.

    • bozosforall - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      I know more than you ever will, anythingbuttheteuth1313. Gotta laugh at the idiot that thinks that calling himself “the truth” impresses anyone on an anonymous website. Hint: you impress no one, idiot.

      • thetruth1313 - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM

        But if I wasn’t thetruth1313, how else would you come up with such a hurtful name like anythingbutthetruth1313??

        Seems more people agree with me more than they agree with you bud.

      • bozosforall - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        More people agree? More like your fellow Boston sheep simply (as in simple minded) just click the stupid thumbs down when they see my screen name. Congrats on getting knee jerk votes for your continued sheep like responses to the bait that I continually set out for suckers like you

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        It’s always like that with a loser like Bozo. His ratio of thumbs ups to thumbs downs is as low as it gets. Bozo represents losers everywhere without class or dignity. He’s just one huge prick.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        Only a real loser cares about “how many ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ hits they get”. Thanks for proving what a real loser you are, sucksonjimee’sjohnson.

    • thetruth1313 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Nonsense! You get the thumbs down from people because everything you say is idiotic.

  6. toegoat - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    U have to respect K.G.s game, he’s amazingly talented. He talks too much tho, I can’t stand him. Also he is definitely a Fake Tough Guy .

  7. bchapman2011 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Kevin come to LA and join forces with Kobe for one more run. The Lakers are going to get younger and more athletic this offseason but if you are willing to take a role off of the bench and be the 6th man LA would dominate once again.

    • 24thesho - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      KG should not be coming off of the bench for anybody! That’s crazy! Or, perhaps I misunderstood your comment.
      Can you imagine KG on the bench in Lamar Odom’s former role as 6th man while his star contemporary (Kobe) is on the floor as a starter? The mere thought of that is just too disrespectful towards KG. In music terms, that’s like asking Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham to sub for Anton Fig, the drummer of The Letterman Show’s and Paul Schaffer’s house band for one season. WHAT?!

  8. lakerluver - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    @bchapman2011, my sentiments exactly.

  9. jobotjones - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Love him or hate him this guy has been playing at a high level for YEARS.

    If half the players today had a quarter of his intensity this game would be much more fun to watch.

  10. pellypell - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    All these comments calling KG a fake tough guy couldn’t bang with him on his worst day. He’d slap each and everyone of you and force you to apologize for making him get his hands dirty.

  11. toegoat - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Well I certainly hope he could slap me around being that I’m only 6′ and I’m not a professional athlete. He is definitely a fake tough guy on the court no matter what u say.

    • bbgraf08 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Fake tough guy is an extremely funny and very stupid phrase when talking about professional basketball players. It means nothing.

  12. toegoat - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    getting on ur hands n knees barking @ a point guard is sooo tough let me tell u

  13. passerby23 - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I don’t see why Boston can’t bring back this core for another run as long as they they can add some depth and youth. With a healthy Bradley and Jeff Green in the fold next year, they can add a couple of young draft picks and keep their older guys fresh. Another low post scorer/defender would be nice too, but the Celtics have proven year after year, when healthy, they are contenders. The only times they’ve lost are when Rondo was injured and KG was out. If the price is right, bring them back for one more run.

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