Garnett not ready to think retirement yet

Garnett not ready to think retirement yet
April 30, 2013, 3:00 pm
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WALTHAM — Jeff Green answered rather bluntly when asked if he's considered that Wednesday could be Paul Pierce's or Kevin Garnett's last game.

"I have not," he said.

Both Pierce and Garnett are under contract past this season, but as it's been for the past few seasons, the future is uncertain for those two and the Celtics.

Garnett could retire at season's end, which many believe would cause a trickle-down effect that would have the Celtics buying out Pierce for $5 million and rebuilding.

It's no secret that it takes a lot for Garnett to be ready game-in, game-out. He's no longer at the point in his career where he demands to play every game. Rivers makes a point to limit his minutes whenever he can, too.

Extensive work is put into preparing Garnett pregame, and the same goes for postgame too.

"People have no idea what he goes through, and you can't unfortunately," Doc Rivers said before practice Tuesday. "But it really is [admirable] watching him just in there now doing all the stuff that they're doing, the stretching. He just plays because he loves it, and it's will. A lot of guys would just not play anymore. The fact that he does and to the level that he does it, I mean he's a rebounding machine for us right now, and we need it."

Garnett has grabbed 17 rebounds in each of the last two games for the Celtics, and is averaging 13.5 per game over the first four. There's zero doubt that he has the skill necessary to compete in the NBA, and his intensity remains off the charts.

But with each passing game, it becomes more and more work for Garnett to remain at the level he's at. Still, like Green, he hasn't considered anything past Wednesday's Game 5 against the Knicks.

"I'm thinking about the game Wednesday and pretty much that," Garnett said. "I haven't thought about anything post-after. I'm focused on what it's going to take to get to the next game."

Pressed further on the issue later, Garnett reiterated his feelings.

"I haven't even given, like I said, any type of next year, post, pre, nothing. Just trying to focus on this game coming up."