Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic

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Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic

The World All-Star Classic has lost some of its shine recently, with some of the NBA's top players opting to not participate.

But there's one perennial all-star - Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett - who, according to his agent, is very much still in the mix.

"He's planning on doing it," his agent, Andy Miller, told CSNNE.com on Wednesday evening.

A commitment from Garnett is huge for tournament organizers who have seen some of the game's top players, pull out recently.

According to ESPN.com, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have all pulled out. Other notable stars withdrawing from the World All-Star Classic recently include league MVP Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

The tour is scheduled to begin Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there, games are expected to be played in London (Nov. 1 and 3), Cotai, Macau (Nov. 6) and Melbourne, Australia (Nov. 8-9).

In addition to Garnett, other Celtics expected to play include Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

According to organizers, other NBA stars who have signed contracts to play include Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls), Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks) and Chris Kaman (Clippers).

It is unclear who the league will target as potential replacements for those who have withdrawn.

While the players won't pull down the kind of money they would for an NBA game, several reports indicate that players will receive "six figures to 1 million," with some proceeds going to charity.

Jae Crowder talks about constant trade rumors; love for Boston and Brad Stevens

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Jae Crowder talks about constant trade rumors; love for Boston and Brad Stevens

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Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

WALTHAM – There are a number of NBA players we have seen through the years whose effort level has been questioned.
 
But when it comes to Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, that has never been an issue.
 
In fact, Bradley’s all-out style of defense has been a major factor in him being sidelined for an extended period of time in each of his six NBA seasons.
 
Although he’s only 25 years old, Bradley is starting to embrace the idea of less all-out defense might not be such a bad idea.
 
“It’s hard to control my injuries because I play hard every single possession,” Bradley told CSNNE.com following the team’s first practice. “I can’t say that every NBA player doesn’t, but I know there’s not a lot. I play hard every single possession especially on the defensive end. That can take a toll on your body. I just have to make sure I’m taking care of myself and picking my spots a little better.”
 
Prior to the Celtics selecting Bradley with the 19th overall pick in the 2011, he suffered a dislocated shoulder injury. Throughout his five NBA seasons, the veteran guard has a long list of injuries which has sidelined him for at least five games every season in addition to missing some playoff games.
 
Knowing the risks involved in continuing his all-out brand of basketball, the fact that Bradley is even open to the idea of picking when to assert himself defensively and when to be more passive, is progress.
 
“I’m pretty sure someone like (ex-Celtics) Tony Allen …  he’s not going to go hard like every possession,” Bradley said. “He’s going to pick his spots, still play good defense.”
 
Which is exactly what Bradley is striving to do this season, and show that last season’s all-NBA First Team Defense nod wasn’t a fluke.

But as we have seen with Bradley throughout his career with the Celtics, he has a way of coming back every season having made a significant stride in some facet of the game to become closer to being a two-way player.
 
“That’s my goal; I want my teammates to be able to count on me playing well at both ends of the floor,” Bradley said.
 
And as I mentioned earlier, Bradley is still a relatively young guy who turns 26 years old in November.
 
‘I’m still a 90s baby’ just like everybody on this team,” quipped Bradley.
 
Being so young puts a premium of sorts on players to learn all they can as quickly as they can in relation to their respective team.
 
“I feel young; I feel young,” Bradley said. “I feel young. I still haven’t even played a full season yet. This will be my first season playing a whole season.”
 
Listening to Bradley talk about adjusting how he plays defensively, it’s pretty clear that he’s having an internal tug-of-war between continuing to play elite defense and easing up defensively.
 
“That’s just me. Some people can do it. Maybe I could take some (plays) off, play passing lanes,” Bradley said. “But I don’t think I’ll ever change into that. It could help our team out a little bit.”