What is taking Garnett so long?


What is taking Garnett so long?

Celtics fans want to know whether or not Kevin Garnett will be back in green next season, or if he is even going to step on the court again. On the 'Felger & Mazz' show, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti discuss why this process is taking so long . . . and why it needs to happen soon.

As Massarotti notes, the NBA draft, which is Thursday, is the time when general managers build their teams. How, he asked, can Danny Ainge properly plan if he doesn't know if Garnett will be back? Ainge has said that KG's status will not impact the Celtics' draft decisions, to which Massarotti said: "That's a load of crap." Massarotti also said that, at age 36, Garnett should know whether he was going to play next year. He worries this situation is going in the Brett Farve direction, which we all know is an ugly road.

Is it a problem with money? "Everything I've learned or observed or experienced in 20-something years in pro sports is that its usually the money,"said Felger. Is Garnett holding off on his decision because he wants more money? Or is Garnett that scarce athlete who isn't all about his paycheck?

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally


Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.