Milestone Monday: Kevin Garnett

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Milestone Monday: Kevin Garnett

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON When you look at the Boston Celtics this season, it's literally watching history play out every night.

You have future Hall of Famers, game-changers, guys that have transcended the game in ways no one saw coming.

It's only fitting for such a roster to take up shop with the Celtics, arguably the most storied franchise in NBA history.

Beginning today, we'll recognize different accomplishments by some of the top Celtics, past and present.

Today, we'll kick things off with Kevin Garnett.

In his fourth season with the C's, we have seen what a healthy KG means to the C's.

In 2008, they won the franchise's 17th NBA title.

The following year, he was out 25 games and all of the playoffs with a knee injury.

Boston got bounced in the second round.

And last season, still on the mend, KG still wasn't himself but that was more than enough to get the C's back to the NBA Finals where they came up short against the Los Angeles Lakers.

He missed nine games this season with a muscle strain in his right lower leg, but aside from that, he has looked like the '08 KG.

That KG can do a number of things well for the Celtics, including rebounding.

Which brings us to another milestone Garnett is approaching.

He is six rebounds shy of becoming just the 17th player in NBA history to grab 12,500 or more rebounds in a career.

To put it in perspective, he will become only the fourth Celtics player to amass as many rebounds in a career.

And one of those Celtics ahead of him on the list is current C's teammate Shaquille O'Neal.

It's hard to imagine that more than a decade ago, the lithe kid who entered the league straight out of high school, would go on to become one of the game's all-time great rebounders.

"You have to have something in you, something special about you you have to have that humph in you, that's gonna make you become what you want to be in this league," Garnett said.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Danny Ainge made no secret of being miffed when Kansas small forward Josh Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics in Sacramento at the last minute. 

The Celtics, of course, passed on Jackson and selected Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough's comments at Jackson's introductory press conference lend some credence to the theory that the canceled workout was part of Phoenix's plan to keep the Celtics from selecting Jackson and leave him for the Suns at No. 4.

Check out this portion of Jackson's presser via a tweet from Mike McClune of KPHO-TV: 

"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am. Look, it is a competition," said McDonough, a former assistant GM to Ainge with the C's "The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to. I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean B.J. [Armstrong, Jackson's agent] and I and...other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.

"We played by the rules – I guess,” McDonough said to some laughter in the room.

Jackson will certainly get more playing time with the rebuilding Suns that the contending Celtics. Ainge called Jackson "a terrific kid and a good player” after the draft, and said the Celtics were set on Tatum all along, even if they hadn't traded the No. 1 pick.

Jackson said his decision to blow off Ainge coach Brad Stevens and assistant GM Mike Zarren after their cross-country flight was "last-minute" and his plans to work out "just didn't work out."
 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players.