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Is Kevin Garnett going to retire?

Jun 12, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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Kevin Garnett showed in these playoffs — and in this season — that there is something left in his tank. Actually, fuel left in the tank was never the question with Garnett, because the guy’s passion for the game (and rage at anyone standing in his way) seems limitless. Coming into the season there were questions about KG, questions about whether his body could hold up? About whether he could still contribute?

The answers were yes and yes. Now, the question is, does he want to continue?

The Celtics have hinted they want him back. Not at the $21 million he made last season, but half that and a two-year deal might work for them. The playoffs made clear that on the court, the Celtics need him.

But the real question is, does he want to continue? That is what people close to him wonder. From ESPNBoston:

Garnett’s trusted friend Sam Cassell said KG was still talking about retiring as recently as 10 days ago, but Cassell was trying to persuade him otherwise. Cassel’s advice: Play as long as you can.

“KG is a loyal guy,” Cassell said. “I can’t see him playing for anyone else except Doc at this point.”

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com agrees that he thinks KG will walk unless the Celtics takes steps to lessen the load on him.

“I think he retires, I think Kevin Garnett, he’s done all you can expect him to do. If he does decide come back, I he’s not going to make that decision quickly. Kevin, I think he’s looking for a situation where he is part of the solution but he is not THE solution. I think Kevin is at a point, you look at guys who have been in the league as long as he has, they’re not expected to play 30-35 minutes a night, and be the defensive anchor, and be the only guy who can get buckets down in the post.”

Although other teams are interested, I just can’t see KG playing anywhere else. And after this season, where they got within one game of the NBA finals, it’s hard to see him walking away. He has that drive and the team came so close. But I think Blakely hit the nail on the head on two counts. First, he’s not going to come back if he doesn’t think the Celtics are not contenders.

Secondly, expect it to be a while before he decides.

  1. nyg88 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    outside of doc rivers and being loyal, KG to Spurs looks to be absolutely perfect for both sides.

    • rapschiefs - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      he won’t go to san antonio KG and Duncan hate each other

    • franchiseplaya - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      there was a rumour a few yrs ago about a comment that KG had made in reference to Timmy’s mother who had passed away from cancer. of course who knows if its true, but if all of the other stories we’ve all heard about KG are true (he also reportedly called charlie villanueva a cancer patient) then this one wouldn’t seem so far fetched. if thats the case there is no way in hell Spurs management disrepect duncan by bringing him in no matter how attractive a frontcourt that it may be.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      He’s going to be a Celtic or a retiree, and like I have said in here for the last 3 months, I think he hangs them up….& why would the Spurs be a perfect fit? They don’t have nearly the cap space and Duncan and Garnett hate each other.

  2. truthhurtstoo - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Once Chris Bosh came back KG’s numbers went down. He’s no longer the player he was and should hang it up if he can’t learn to show some respect to his superiors. GO HEAT!

    • phaden27 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Like LeBron did in 2010? Oh wait let’s just conveniently forget that…

    • bougin89 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      @truthhurtstoo…

      that is not an intelligent comment

  3. blueintown - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I kind of suspected KG had this on his mind all along. I think what we saw during this playoff run was everything he had left in the tank. Garnett comes across as a jerk on the floor, but there’s nothing fake about that dude. A lot of people talk about giving their all, but KG is one of the few that actually does it. Respect.

  4. thestudiokida - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Garnett’s 2012 post-season was his best since the Celtics championship run. When he started putting up 20-10 every night I suspected that KG was giving everything he had left. Obviously he can come back and still be good BUT the secret to this Celtics team is that it only goes as far as Kevin Garnett takes them. He’s a brilliant defender and a very effective rebounder/shooter. He’s the Celtics “heartbeat” as Doc Rivers says.

    Garnett is so competitive, so intense that I would not be surprised if he walks away now after a great season. Or maybe he talks himself into another run if Jeff Green comes back and the Celtics pick up a couple good players via draft/free agency. I’m a LeBron fan so I would love for the Celtics to start rebuilding but I still have a lot of respect, especially for KG.

  5. dgbk - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    once bosh came back and was on the bench most of the games garnett numbers dropped?? smh Heat fans say some interestin things.

  6. canehouse - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    KG stills has some fuel on the tank… and he has his bag of dirty tricks… he’ll be back. Perhaps the Clippers would benefit from his services off of the bench.

  7. j0esixpack - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Although he really doesn’t need the money, he played his way into what will probably be offers of 2 years and $20 million.

    Thats tough to say no to, and there’s a lot of teams that might view his playoff play as what they need to put them over the top.

    While I think KG isn’t fond of change, and would probably prefer to remain with Rivers and the Celtics, I expect the Lakers to make a push to have him play close to home. That would be a huge plus for them, and it would be fun to watch our resident clown, bozo, flip flop once again and go from KG hater to his biggest fan.

    • bozosforall - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      You mean like you Pats fans all of a sudden became Joseph Addai fans? New England sports fans are the biggest hypocrites in America.

  8. 20dollardinners - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Yeah ask Minnesota about how loyal he is. What a joke.

    He also was against the Boston trade until he found out Ray Allen was going also.

    • franchiseplaya - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      i think you have to give garnett credit, he never publicly asked for a trade. the team itself was pretty crappy, they almost made the finals in 2004 but it was only buoyed by how dominant a player he was that yr, evidenced by the fact they failed to make the playoffs after that. the only reason he got traded was because of mchales ties to boston.

    • bougin89 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Minnesota had to trade Garnett because he was the only piece on that roster of any value and they weren’t close to contenders. They lost multiple first round picks from the Joe Smith fiasco and had no way to build. By trading Garnett Minnesota was able to reload. It took a little longer than expected(4 years) but you are now seeing a Minnesota team on the rise. Garnett didn’t demand a trade and by all accounts seems like an extremely loyal guy. Care to rationalize your comment? Are you even from Minnesota or a T’Wolves fan?

      • scalfor3 - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        KG didn’t owe them the wolves anything. he played his heart out for 12 years there on mostly mediocre teams.

        however, they got fleeced in the KG trade. the reason they are on the rise now is because they sucked bad enough to be in position to draft love and rubio

      • bougin89 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        you can argue the fact that the TWolves didn’t get enough but at the time Boston did not want to deal Al Jefferson. The Twolves turned around and traded Jefferson for two first round picks(in 2010) and that was not enough value for him.

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    The second to last sentence is –

    First, he’s not going to come back if he doesn’t think the Celtics are not contenders.

    He won’t if he doesn’t think they’re not contenders? I think I know what you mean but it isn’t what you wrote.

  10. Shawn - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    No way KG will retire after the way he dominated this postseason. He cannot play center for an entire year though so the Celtics will have to pick up one. Check out my blog please I wrote an article about the C’s future

  11. giselleisasucubus - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I love how people assume the Celtics run was a joke and they couldn’t do it again. Remember 2010? Everyone said the same thing. If they bring KG back and let Allen walk(I would sign him if I were Danny), they have the ability to add some guys. Avery Bradley and Jeff Green(most likely) will be on this team. So say the Celts add Chris Kaman in the middle w/KG, you still have Pierce and Rondo. That team can make a run next year if kept together(plus or minus one guy).

    • bozosforall - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Dream on, wannabescoutsuckscelticdong. Your team choked up 3-2, just like the Red Sox, Pats and Bruins choked this past season. Get back in your 1990’s closet.

  12. giantssb42champs - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Good riddance. 1 title in 5 years not good enough KG. You blew it in 2010… 13 pt lead in 2nd half of game 7.

  13. progress2011 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    If he doesn’t retire, everyone should invest in Ben-Gay stock !!!

    Because the amount of Ben-Gay he uses before, during and after games will make all of us individually wealthy !!!!

    ahahaah

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