Garnett on possible All-Star selection: 'If it happens, I'm more than gracious'

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Garnett on possible All-Star selection: 'If it happens, I'm more than gracious'

BOSTON It's rare to find an NBA player in Kevin Garnett's age bracket who is a starter, let alone an All-Star starter.
But that is exactly what Garnett is looking at, with the league to announce the Eastern and Western Conference starters tomorrow night on TNT.
In his 18th season, the last round of All-Star votes had Garnett as one of the three frontcourt starters for the East, along with New York's Carmelo Anthony and Miami's LeBron James.
For Garnett, this would be his 14th All-Star appearance.
"If it happens, I'm more than gracious," Garnett said. "If it doesn't, I'll definitely take advantage of the break."
Garnett was not selected by the fans or coaches to participate in last year's All-Star game, something that Garnett had no problem with accepting.
When asked about the All-Star break last year, "It was great," said Garnett who repeated "it was great" six more times. "I played with my kid; I did what I wanted to do. I was surrounded by friends and family and it was great."
Garnett added, "you don't put yourself there. Everything is voted on and anytime you can say you been playing for countless years, the fans still appreciate you for what you do, that says a lot."
His play at both ends of the floor has been a key to Boston winning six straight. He is averaging 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists while playing 29.5 minutes per game.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will be the first to acknowledge that the 36-year-old big man playing at such a high level after all these years is unusual.
"He's the last to know his age until we get to a practice where we're running or something, he conveniently brings up his age," quipped Rivers. "But he just goes out and plays. The thing with Kevin, I don't think he ever plays to be an All-Star. His play makes him an All-Star. That sets him apart from a lot of players.
Rivers added, "If Kevin could go to Malibu over the All-Star break, he'd be good. If he's at the All-Star game, he'd be happy with that. That's probably why he's so good."

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”