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

    Sep 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    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…

  2. Kevin Garnett said he was almost a Laker in 2007

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Because it resulted in a ring and because Kevin Garnett is now almost a Boston icon, we forget that he almost didn’t go there. Garnett was being traded in the summer of 2007, having essentially forced his way out of Minnesota as they were going young and he was wildly unhappy. There were plenty of…

  3. Kevin Garnett not talking contract extension with Boston

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The Dan Patrick show was on fire today — go check out the rant by college football writer Bruce Feldman against ESPN. Patrick also had Kevin Garnett on, and that led to some interesting comments about his future. KG enters the last season of his contract. Garnett said on the broadcast he has had no talks…

  4. Two-week NBA pro league plans September run in Vegas

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    summer league

    The NBA players are learning that the marketing machine that is the NBA is not so easy to replace. While there has been Grassroots buzz about all the pro-am events this summer, that has not seeped into the national sports consciousness. Not in a meaningful way. (There are people criticizing the lack of marketing around…

  5. Kevin Durant is league’s best finisher at the rim

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    Finishing a play at the rim is not that easy in the NBA. You think it’s just a layup but this is a league filled with long-armed, aggressive shot blockers who make the routine hard to do. If you go to the basket, you have to find a shot over or around them. Who does…

  6. Even Obama thinks Rondo needs to get a jumper

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    One game this March, Rajon Rondo’s jumper was just off. What game? Take your pick. But this time it was President Barack Obama’s fault. At least that’s how Shaquille O’Neal remembers it. Shaq, who was with the Celtics in spirit last year if not on the court, has a new book coming out written with…

  7. Kevin Garnett kept Marquis Daniels calm through incident

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    It was the scariest moment of the last season. Marquis Daniels caught the ball about 10-feet out on the right wing, faced up on Gilbert Arenas and tried a little step through move. Daniel’s head hit Arenas’ arm. And Daniels just collapsed to the floor, face down unable to move. It was instantly clear something…

  8. Rajon Rondo’s elbow still not right after dislocation

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It was the most gruesome sight of the playoffs (unless you’re a Lakers fan, then it was Game 4 against Dallas) — Rajon Rondo falling in the series against Miami and his elbow bending the wrong way. An entire nation winced at the replay. Months later, hanging out at his youth camp in his native…

  9. Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run. On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins…

  10. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  11. LeBron James third highest earning athlete in America

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James shouldn’t flaunt that after he loses in the NBA finals he goes back to living a charmed life and we go back to our lives… but the dude is raking it in. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is the third highest earning athlete in the United States in 2011. Tiger Woods and Phil…

  12. LeBron told Rose’s brother Rose is “one player away”

    May 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    There’s been a lot of speculation that last year when the Celtics tossed LeBron James against a wall, stole his lunch money and left him beaten and humiliated, Kevin Garnett spoke to James and reminded him of certain things about the reality of how things are when you’re trying to carry a team on your…

  13. Believe it or not, LeBron knows how Rose feels

    May 25, 2011, 4:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People are going to want to act like LeBron James is relishing this. That there’s a part of James who is vindictively and sadistically savoring the kid who took his trophy failing like this. But it’s not like that among athletes, and it’s not like that between LeBron James and Derrick Rose. Because some part…

  14. One way or another, expect Celtics roster shakeups

    May 13, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It looks like Boston is going to make one more run at it — Doc Rivers is coming back, Ray Allen will pick up the option on his contract, Rajon Rondo will get healthy and whenever next season starts the Celtics will get the band back together. But expect changes around them. And maybe even…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Witnessing the ascension

    May 12, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    This was the dream. For all the criticism, the spontaneous hatred from people he never met in cities he’d never lived, for the questions and the scrutiny, this was what he had hoped for. When LeBron James decided to abandon the franchise that drafted him and pursue a team that didn’t think Wally Sczcerbiak/Ben Wallace/Mo…

  16. In the end, it was about the Heat execution

    May 12, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    End of game execution — their best players stepping up in the clutch. That was the modus operandi Boston’s “big three” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce for years. They were better than you at both ends when it mattered most. That is why championship banner 17 flies in Boston. Miami’s “big three”…

  17. Doc Rivers “leaning heavily” toward coming back

    May 11, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Apparently Doc Rivers wants to do more than just hang out around Mike Krzyzewski’s practices next season. After a season where the conventional wisdom was he was walking away at the end of the season, he said after the Celtics were eliminated Wednesday you probably will have him to kick around next season, as reported…

  18. NBA Playoffs: James, Wade defeat Celtics, their demons

    May 11, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    In the summer of 2007, a former league MVP and a perennial All-Star joined a franchise player to form a group that, when healthy, dominated the NBA’s Eastern Conference and kept its two best players from reaching an NBA Finals. They took out LeBron James‘ Cavaliers in 2008 in an amazing seven-game series that culminated…

  19. Celtics will be back for one more run, but they shouldn’t

    May 11, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The time has now passed. The window has closed. Make no mistake, the Celtics are still a good team. Bring them back next year and they will win 50-plus games and put up a fight in the playoffs. But they are not a great team. Nor will they be again with this group. Boston fought valiantly in…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  21. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  22. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    For years, for much of this past regular season, this is where Boston thrived — they executed at the end of games. At the time they needed it most — a final shot in the last 19.5 seconds of regulation that would even their series with Miami — it fell apart. In an ugly fashion.…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat make the leap with overtime win

    May 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwyane Wade after defeating the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Early in the year, it didn’t look like they would ever get here. Miami struggled in close games. They struggled against good teams. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played next to each other, not with each other. They took a mountain of criticism. They weathered it. They matured as a team. They started…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  25. Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

    May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill. Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards. What happened? Bosh explained that…

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