Garnett: NBA 'too beautiful' to lose a season

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Garnett: NBA 'too beautiful' to lose a season

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

With the NBA lockout set to get underway, Kevin Garnett said that he thinks an agreement will be reached, but if the season is lost, the players are ready.

"You hear that the owners are ready to lose a season," Garnett told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show. "You don't understand some of the motives of some of this. We have a stand we're going to take on this whole issue. At the end of the day, a common ground will be found. This game is too beautiful...I can't see parting with a season. But I think if we do do that, both sides are prepared for that."

Garnett seems to be bringing his signature intensity to the lockout. When asked if he trusts the NBA owners, he answered in mid-season form.

"You trust no one in this," he said. "You trust the players, we're all negotiating in this, but you never trust the other side because you don't know what they're thinking...I don't know what they want."

Garnett hit on a few other interesting topics, including whether or not he's had discussions of a contract extension with the Celtics.

"I haven't," said Garnett, who has one year left on his current deal. "Danny in passing, in a joking moment he'll throw something up in the air. But nothing that concrete."

Garnett told Patrick that he still enjoys the game and his teammates, but he's not sure how much longer he would like to play.

Something that might make Celtics fans thank their lucky stars: Garnett said he was very close to going to the Lakers, not the Celtics.

"I was pretty close to going to LA to be honest," Garnett said. "What disturbed me about the whole Laker situation was Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson at the time. They was pretty bad. That situation was something I didn't want to get into. It was my choice. There was a lot going on and I didn't want to be a part of it."

Garnett and Patrick talked video games, too. Garnett will be playing some other NBA stars (Chris Bosh, Kevin Love to name two) in the game Call of Duty this weekend as part of an event. He also said he plays EA Sports games Madden and FIFA, and the NBA 2k games.

"Trash talking is part of it," Garnett said of his video game hobby.

Garnett told Patrick that the host had a better chance of hitting a ball over the Green Monster than scoring a basket in an NBA game. That led to an exchange in which Garnett recalled a softball game that the Celtics played at Fenway Park. Garnett said he hit one ball off of the Green Monster. He said Rajon Rondo hit two off the Wall and Shaquille O'Neal, of course, knocked one over the Monster.

"Shaq's the business, man," Garnett said. "It was truly an honor to play with him. "This year was the most fun I've had in the NBA in a long time."

Avery Bradley (illness) out vs. Suns after being hospitalized Friday

Avery Bradley (illness) out vs. Suns after being hospitalized Friday

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics find themselves once again in cut-and-paste mode with Avery Bradley (sick) out for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said rookie Jaylen Brown will be in the starting lineup.

"He (Bradley) was in the hospital most of this afternoon," Stevens said. "Hopefully he'll be home soon and get some rest. It was kind of going around. Hopefully it'll stop soon."

Being out tonight brings Bradley's missed game total to a team-high 24 (18 with a sore right Achilles; four with a strained right Achilles; and one due to illness).

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.