As KG's World Turns

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As KG's World Turns

So, we here go: The latest on the Kevin Garnett Retirement Watch is that the Celtics aren't concerned with getting an answer before tomorrows draft.

Sure, KG's presence is only the determining factor in how the team approaches both its immediate and long term future, but what the hell . . .

Dont worry, Kevin. Take your time.

"It's not like we have the No. 1 pick," Doc Rivers said yesterday. "When you're in the 20s, you just wait and see what comes to you. I think this is a great draft. Where we're picking, we'll be able to get two very good players."

OK, I get that to an extent. Either way, youre not finding anyone at 21 or 22 to fill KGs shoes. Not now, and probably not ever.

But here's my issue: Doesnt the potential absence of Kevin Garnett affect what you might do with those picks?

Let's be honest: Whether or not Danny ends up trading 21 andor 22, you know he's going to talk to everyone. He'll explore every option. And there's no question that if KG retires, it creates a whole slew of other options. Tons of uncharted avenues. Lotta ins. Lotta outs. A lot more strands to keep in old Danny's head.

For instance, if KG comes back, there's no chance that the Celtics would or could ever consider trading Paul Pierce. Out of the question. If KG retires? They'd be crazy not to explore the possibility. And what better time to explore than tomorrow, when there will be a million parts flying back and forth, when teams are both ready and willing to shake things up and the Celtics just happen to own two first round picks.

Bottom line: By not knowing what Garnett will do by tomorrow, it will severely handcuff Danny Ainge on a night when he could start legitimately laying the groundwork for the post-KG Celtics.

So, why aren't they concerned with knowing what he'll do?

Because they already know. That's the only logical explanation.

That regardless of whether there's an official announcement before tomorrow, the Celtics and everything they've said publicly supports this are ready to operate under the assumption that Garnett will be back for an 18th NBA season.

Obviously, that's just my opinion.

But if I'm wrong, then the Celtics are very wrong.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”