Feeling Flip? On Buchholz's balkReturn of two-sport athlete

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Feeling Flip? On Buchholz's balkReturn of two-sport athlete

Flip Saunders expects the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals.

This was the headline from a story in this morning's Star Tribune, in which writer Sid Hartman (of the Minneapolis Hartmans) interviewed Saunders on a series of NBA matters.

Hartman and Saunders who spent 10 years as the Timberwolves head coach and the last two months as an adviser with the Celtics spoke about LeBron James and Kevin Durant. They spoke about Saunders time in Boston. They spoke about his relationship with Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, and his future in coaching.

Wedged in between all this conversation was an interesting little tidbit that felt so obvious and unimportant within the flow of the story that Hartman didn't even bother using quotes. It was just a little throw away line that transitioned into the next stage of his column.

Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.
Wow. That easy, huh?

So, I guess the question is: How much faith do you have in Flip Saunders a guy who spent a decade coaching Garnett in Minnesota and was closer to him over this last playoff run than all but a hand full of people? How much faith do you have in Sid Hartman? Did Saunders actually say that he was "positive" or was Hartman perhaps just somewhat casually summing up Saunders general opinion, without realizing what an absolutely enormous deal this is in Boston?

Ehhh, I don't know. I guess it's better we don't jump to any conclusions. That we don't get too high or low on what other people are saying, because for all we know someone else close to KG will come out tomorrow saying that he's hanging them up, and then what do we do? WHAT DO WE DO?!

We do nothing. We sit and wait for Garnett to make a decision, and hope to have a few finger (andor toe) nails left by the time he does.

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

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.