Admit it, you're surprised by Kevin Garnett this season.
Don't be ashamed, you're certainly not alone. The Celtics power forward-now-turned-center has seemingly turned back the clock this season, and is playing at a level we haven't seen since before his knee injury.
"I think he's very comfortable, I think he's healthy," Doc Rivers said to Greg Dickerson on CSNNE's Courtside Club. "He's in great shape now. For the first time in his career, he didn't start the season in great shape, just in average shape, and that's unusual for Kevin.
I think moving him to the five has been a big benefit to him. Now he's the quickest guy every night at his position, and I think that's been a big benefit to him as well."
But Garnett is a free agent after this season, and there's no word yet on what his plans are for the future. One thing is clear though: if he wants to play, the Celtics want him playing in Boston.
"Oh yeah, absolutely. We want him back," Rivers said. "I think it will come down to if he wants to play or not. But, you know, who knows? So many games and so many things can happen. Being around this as long as I have I know it is very emotional how the season ends. And a lot of players have made poor decisions on the end of a season, so we'll have to wait and see."
To hear the rest of this interview and more, check out CSNNE's Courtside Club Friday night 7:00 PM.
Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine talk with Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens at Celtics Media Day about raised expectations for the upcoming season, how Al Horford will fit, can Isaiah Thomas build off an All-Star season, and how high are his goals.
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This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”
The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has an in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments.
This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.