Boston Celtics

As KG's World Turns

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As KG's World Turns

So, we here go: The latest on the Kevin Garnett Retirement Watch is that the Celtics aren't concerned with getting an answer before tomorrows draft.

Sure, KG's presence is only the determining factor in how the team approaches both its immediate and long term future, but what the hell . . .

Dont worry, Kevin. Take your time.

"It's not like we have the No. 1 pick," Doc Rivers said yesterday. "When you're in the 20s, you just wait and see what comes to you. I think this is a great draft. Where we're picking, we'll be able to get two very good players."

OK, I get that to an extent. Either way, youre not finding anyone at 21 or 22 to fill KGs shoes. Not now, and probably not ever.

But here's my issue: Doesnt the potential absence of Kevin Garnett affect what you might do with those picks?

Let's be honest: Whether or not Danny ends up trading 21 andor 22, you know he's going to talk to everyone. He'll explore every option. And there's no question that if KG retires, it creates a whole slew of other options. Tons of uncharted avenues. Lotta ins. Lotta outs. A lot more strands to keep in old Danny's head.

For instance, if KG comes back, there's no chance that the Celtics would or could ever consider trading Paul Pierce. Out of the question. If KG retires? They'd be crazy not to explore the possibility. And what better time to explore than tomorrow, when there will be a million parts flying back and forth, when teams are both ready and willing to shake things up and the Celtics just happen to own two first round picks.

Bottom line: By not knowing what Garnett will do by tomorrow, it will severely handcuff Danny Ainge on a night when he could start legitimately laying the groundwork for the post-KG Celtics.

So, why aren't they concerned with knowing what he'll do?

Because they already know. That's the only logical explanation.

That regardless of whether there's an official announcement before tomorrow, the Celtics and everything they've said publicly supports this are ready to operate under the assumption that Garnett will be back for an 18th NBA season.

Obviously, that's just my opinion.

But if I'm wrong, then the Celtics are very wrong.

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

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.