BOSTON For the first time in more than a decade, the NBA All-Star Game will be a Kevin Garnett-less event.
The 14-time All-star was not among the 12 players selected by fans and coaches to participate in the Feb. 26 game in Orlando.
While all-star weekend will certainly be different without Garnett there, you won't find him complaining about not getting an invite.
"The All-star Game is for the privileged," Garnett said. "All the first timers, I'm proud for them to get the opportunity to go and experience the all-star festivities. Lord knows I've had enough."
Garnett has been named to either the Eastern or Western Conference all-star team every year since 1997, with the lone exception being 1999 when there was no all-star game because of the lockout-shortened season.
Despite his recent run of strong play, Garnett knows all too well his best days in the NBA are a thing of the past now.
On a nightly basis, Garnett is challenged to live up to the reputation as one of the finest all-around players to ever step foot inside an NBA arena.
To play at such a high level, night-in and night-out, takes its toll over time. All that physical pounding on the body, and the mental warfare that goes every night, can wear down anyone - even Garnett who in terms of mental toughness, is among the best of his generation.
That's why there is no sorrow, anger or sadness on Garnett's part with the fans and coaches not picking him to be an All-Star.
In fact, you'd think Garnett was actually looking forward to that weekend which, for the first time in more than a decade, will include no games or practices.
"I actually get to take a little vacation and see what that's like," Garnett said. "And actually rest these bones a little bit."