Camby: Garnett is 'an intense player'

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Camby: Garnett is 'an intense player'

BOSTON -- In all of Marcus Camby's lengthy NBA career, Kevin Garnett still sets himself apart from any other player he has competed against. 
"Never, never in my 17 years (have I seen another player talk to himself)," Camby told CSNNE.com. "He's probably the first guy that does that."
The New York Knicks center entered the league in 1996, one year after Garnett. He has never heard someone have such vocal solo conversations as Garnett does. 
"I just thought he was an intense player," said Camby. "I just know that he's very hard and critical of himself and his game and wants to lead by example. You want guys like that on your team because he prides himself on being a great team guy."
He continued, "He just does a lot of talking. It's mainly just to get himself going and pump himself up. I don't know about all the other trash talking stuff that's being said out there, but when I've played against him, he was just talking to himself, just trying to get himself pumped up, and getting his teammates pumped up and they feed off his energy."
Garnett has gotten into the heads of many of his opponents, often times causing them to lose their focus and their composure. 
This month, he and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony were involved in a heated situation in which Garnett reportedly made comments that riled Anthony during the game. Anthony was suspended one game for confronting Garnett both inside Madison Square Garden and by the team bus. 
Camby said even though players know what to expect going against Garnett, it can be easy to get lost in the intensity.
"You know it going into the ball game, but it's like you get caught up in the heat of the moment and the intensity of the game and the atmosphere of the crowd in the arena," he said. "Your juices get flowing, sometimes you tend to lose focus and forget that that's what he does. You just want to act off emotions instead of taking a hot second, calm yourself down a little bit, know that this is what it is, and go about your business."
When asked if Garnett's intense solo conversations have ever riled him, Camby quickly replied.
"Never, never, never," he said. "Never."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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