OFFSEASON

Garnett using 'old' comments as motivation

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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.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET

OFFSEASON

Rivers dismisses Griffin-to-Boston rumors, wants Pierce to retire with Celtics

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Rivers dismisses Griffin-to-Boston rumors, wants Pierce to retire with Celtics

Doc Rivers appeared on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski and dismissed the Blake Griffin trade rumors, claiming that “bloggers” who “have nothing to do with the sport” were the cause of the Blake-to-Boston gossip.

“We are hoping that Blake ends his career playing for the Clippers,” Rivers told Woj. “No team is calling because teams know we don’t have any interest. It just tells you the different times. Things have changed. Everyone believes that they’re media now. There are so many good, credible guys, but then there’s some of the guys who are bloggers and have nothing to do with the sport.”

Rivers went on to explain that his youngest son, Spencer, even took the time out to trace the source of this "groundless" rumor.

“Danny [Ainge] and I have talked twice this summer. One was about the British Open, and the other was about another golf tournament. That’s about it,” Rivers explained. “But my son traced [where this rumor started] it to I think a Boston radio talk show and the guy didn’t say that we had been talking, but that Blake would be one of the guys the Celtics should go after. That started the next step, and then the next thing you know, it blew it up.”

Glenn Rivers sounds more like a politician than a doctor. Everyone knows politicians lie.

So Doc says he’s spoken to Danny only twice this summer -- both times about golf and “that’s about it.” But it's good to know they did apparently find the time to lay the groundwork for Paul Pierce to retire with the Celtics, if he does choose to call it a career.

“If Paul does decide to retire, we’re gonna make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic because that’s what he should retire as,” Rivers said. “We have all that in place. We just don’t know what he’s gonna do.”

Allowing Pierce to retire as a Celtic would be the right thing to do, for sure. He spent 15 seasons with the Celtics, won a title, and someday No. 34 will be hanging in the rafters. Ainge has also made it clear before that he'd love for Pierce to take on some type of front office role with the team after he retires from his playing career.

But Blake is the guy Celtics fans want now, so it’s understandable Doc would dispel the rumors regarding his four-time All-Star.

It doesn’t mean those conversations didn’t take place because trade talks happen every single day in the NBA. But considering Doc spent the opening minutes of the podcast discussing Blake, it certainly makes it seem like a deal is dead. At least for now.