Garnett: I don't deserve to be All-Star starter


Garnett: I don't deserve to be All-Star starter

BOSTON There are some basketball pundits - specifically Charles Barkley and former Celtic Shaquille O'Neal - who does not believe Boston Celtics big man Kevin Garnett should be a starter in next month's all-star game.

You know what?

KG agrees with him.

"I think you have other guys, Joakim Noah, Tyson Chandler, everybody else who is up and coming, younger guys that can easily be in my poisition and had the opportunity to start," Garnett said. "But that wasn't the case here."

Garnett finished third in the fan voting among Eastern Conference forwards, with the top three being named all-star starters.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers refused to comment on Barkley and O'Neal's comments regarding Garnett other than to say, "KG's on it, right? That's all that counts. A lot of people disagree with them."

Although Garnett has been a part of all-star weekend plenty of times, each opportunity is even more special as he gets closer to the end of his career.

"At this stage of my career, I'm fortunate to even be out here giving something to it," Garnett said. "14 (all-star appearances), being able to still be healthy and play the game I love."

Celtics roster at 17 after waiving Georges-Hunt, Lee and Jones


Celtics roster at 17 after waiving Georges-Hunt, Lee and Jones

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made their first player cuts of training camp by waiving Marcus Georges-Hunt, Damion Lee and Jalen Jones on Thursday.

The Celtics roster now stands at 17, two more than the league-maximum which Boston has to get down to by Monday at 5 p.m. EST

Ben Bentil, who was selected by Boston with the No. 51 pick in last June’s NBA draft out of Providence College, is expected to be the next player waived by Boston.

That would still leave the Celtics needing to waive at least one more player.

The final spot is expected to come down to R.J. Hunter and James Young, both of whom have been solid in the preseason which has made this one of the tougher roster decisions the Celtics have had to make under fourth-year coach Brad Stevens.