Garnett using 'old' comments as motivation


Garnett using 'old' comments as motivation

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett turns 36 years old on May 19.

He is well aware and quite frankly, doesnt want to hear about it.

Not because he has issues with getting older, but because of the insinuations and assumptions that are made about it.

After posting a double-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocked shots in the Boston Celtics series-clinching Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday,. Garnett took the podium and made a few things clear.

You know what, I dont want to come off kind of wrong, so you (turns to Rajon Rondo sitting next to him) tap me if Im out of line here, he said. I take my craft very seriously. I guess being 35, soon to be 36, not 37, 76, look it up, that I put a lot of work into my craft. I take this very seriously. I always have since 95, since Ive able to come into this league. And its almost like you guys are shocked. Like this aint what I do everyday, like this aint what I was built for.

It comes off kind off like a -- Im not going to say that. It does come off kind of disrespectful at times. I put a lot of effort and work and time into this so when I hit the floor, there are certain things I expect from myself, certain levels I expect out of myself.

Garnett contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds in a critical fourth quarter. He accounted for half of the Celtics offense during that stretch.

He averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 rebounds over the six-game series. Thats six games in which he put it all on the line, like he prides himself on doing every night.

I take this very seriously, Garnett said. So you guys calling me old, that number just fuels the fire. You all have no idea what you are doing when you do that. So I appreciate you all. Whoevers writing the old comments and all that, keep doing that. I appreciate that. I dont read your columns but it gets back to me. Alright?

Garnett has already won an NBA championship. He has already established himself as a future Hall of Famer. He doesnt have anything left to prove, regardless of his age.

So what keeps fueling him to win at this point in his career?

Not knowing if this is my last year to play, he said. Playing against younger talent, being competitive. Im a very, very competitive person. Im playing with great guys, even better younger guys that are getting better, great coaching staff and a great organization with good people that are workings in it. Im self-motivated but to come here every day is an easy thing to do. Youre going to have some hard days, rainy days, blah blah blah, but for the most part, its easy sailing here. I look forward to wake up and coming in.

Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency


Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency

Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk sits down with Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine on Media Day to talk about how the recovery from his shoulder injury is progressing and becoming more consistent this season.

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely then discuss whether this is a make or break year for Olynyk, who will be a restricted free-agent at the end of the season.


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Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship


Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Pinpointing the exact moment Al Horford made up his mind to become a Boston Celtics isn’t clear, but the seeds of that decision can be traced back to last year’s playoffs – and no we’re not talking about the playoff series between Boston and Atlanta, either.
It was the Hawk’s second-round playoff series back in May against Cleveland, a team that swept them out of the Conference finals in 2015 and did so again last about five months ago.
Horford had every intention of returning to Atlanta, but as the free agency period wore on two things became quite clear: Winning an NBA title would have to go through Cleveland and it happening with him in Atlanta was becoming more and more unlikely.
In came the Celtics with a pitch that was heavy on present-day and down-the-road potential that wouldn’t require him to do anything other than continue to play the way he has for the past nine seasons.
“It (becoming a Celtic) became real for me real late and real quick,” Horford told on Wednesday.
After mulling it over for a couple days, Horford said he was ready to become a Celtic.
“This could be a great opportunity even though I’m leaving a lot behind,” Horford said.
As you listen to Horford speak, it’s clear that the Celtics mystique played a role in his decision to sign with Boston.

 But as much as the Celtics’ lore and its on-the-rise status helped, there were certain events that Boston had no control over that actually helped their cause.
First the Hawks got in on a three-team trade in June with Utah and Indiana which sent Hawks All-Star point guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers while Atlanta received Utah’s first-round pick which was 12th overall and was used by Atlanta to select Baylor’s Taurean Prince. The move allowed Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder to slide over into the now-vacant starting point guard position.
While it may help Atlanta down the road, it did little to move them closer towards knocking off Cleveland anytime soon.
And then there was the Hawks coming to terms on a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Dwight Howard early in the free agency period. That deal coupled with Atlanta’s desire to bring Kent Bazemore back, cast serious doubt as to whether Horford would return.
Horford, who inked a four-year, $113 million deal with Boston, told that at the time of Atlanta’s deal with Howard, he was still open to the idea of returning.
But if Horford did, he knew figuring out the best way to play him, Howard and Paul Millsap who by the way has a player option that he’s likely to exercise which would make him a free agent next summer, was not going to be easy.

“It was definitely going to be different,” Horford said, then adding, “For me, the Celtics were becoming more and more a realistic option. After talking with my family, we felt this was the best for me.”
And while it’s still very early in his tenure as a Celtic, Horford has no regrets or second thoughts about his decision.
“As a player you always want to be in the best position you can,” Horford said. “I felt for me being on this team would put me in a position to be able to contend and win an NBA championship. That’s my ultimate goal.”
And that alone makes him a good fit with this franchise which from ownership to the front office to the coaching staff and of course the players, are all focused on one thing and that’s bringing home Banner 18.
 “Look at the resume. He’s been a winner wherever he’s played,” said Boston’s Amir Johnson. “It’s good to have a guy like that, with his talent and with his winning, playing next to you.”