No fine for Garnett not surprising to Rivers


No fine for Garnett not surprising to Rivers

MIAMI Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't surprised that the NBA decided to not discipline Kevin Garnett for the altercation near the end of Sunday's loss to New York that involved Garnett and former Celtic Billy Walker.

Rivers had little to say Sunday about the incident that involved Garnett putting his hands around Walker's neck, because he didn't see it happen at the time and had yet to review it on video.

Rivers has seen it plenty of times since then, which he said is why he knew the league wouldn't punish the 6-foot-11 forward.

"It's funny," Rivers said. "Kevin is Kevin, and he gets into a lot of stuff. But I thought everyone missed the beginning of that play."

According to Rivers, after Garnett missed a potential game-tying jumper, Walker reached out and hit Garnett on the arm.

"It's amazing how I watched that play on TV for two days, and I didn't see that one time," Rivers said. "The TV replays Rivers saw only shows Kevin's reaction to it. I didn't think he would get suspended once I saw it on game film."

As much as it was a play that the league had to review, Rivers understands that Garnett's history of similar situations involving him and other players played a role in folks perceiving Garnett as the one who went after Walker.

"He's an instigator," Rivers said. "I don't mind. He is who he is. How old is Kevin? I'm not gonna change him. I'm not even going to try. I like his fire. I like who he is."

Rivers admits there are times when he would like to see Garnett walk away from certain situations.

But you know the saying, 'You can always kindle a fire. It's much harder to start one.' "

Bulpett: 'Now it's all on Danny Ainge' after making no trades

Bulpett: 'Now it's all on Danny Ainge' after making no trades

Steve Bulpett believes Danny Ainge needs to have a great draft, and sign great free agents this offseason in order for the Celtics to compete for a championship next year after making no trades.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.