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."

Al Horford makes his mark on Celtics win with defense

Al Horford makes his mark on Celtics win with defense

BOSTON – Al Horford had the kind of game that stands out because of the way he scored from so many different spots on the floor. 

But the true measure of his value to this team usually lies in what he brings to the floor defensively. 

Horford had one of his better games defensively in Boston’s 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday, a game in which he had a season-high six blocked shots. 

For the season, the four-time All-Star is averaging a career-high 2.9 blocks per game.

He’ll be looking to do more of the same tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

While Philly doesn’t have a player as dominant and difficult to contain as DeMarcus Cousins, their top post player Joel Embiid has been impressive even with a minutes restriction after having missed the last two seasons with injuries and recovery. 

Against Sacramento, he had a season-high six blocked shots which was one short of tying his career high which came against the Kings during the 2010-2011 season. 

Although Horford has ranked among the NBA’s top big men when it comes to blocking shots, the Celtics knew when they signed him to a four-year, $113 million contract they were adding a player who could help with rim protection. 

The biggest play in the Celtics’ win over Sacramento came in the closing seconds when Horford was credited with blocking DeMarcus Cousins’ shot. Horford was fouled and went to the line and made his free throws to secure the victory. 

“Playing at the power forward position it really frees me up defensively,” Horford said. “I feel like I can run around a little more and have more impact. When you are a center a lot of the times you get caught up with the bigs and it’s a little harder to get out to shooters and stuff. I’m just trying to be active, as active as I can.”

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas who was among the Green Teamers to recruit Horford to sign with Boston, seeing him protect the rim the way he did on Friday was no surprise.

“We’ve always known when we recruited him we knew that was what he was good at,” Thomas said. “Even if he doesn’t block shots, he alters shots and changes them. He’s a hell of a player on both ends of the floor and he played a hell of a game (on Friday).”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens likes what he sees out of Horford defensively, especially now that he plays for Boston and not Atlanta which eliminated the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs last season. 

“He was terrific in our series,” Stevens said. “Terrific. And so, playing him 10 times last year, and so, I mean, I think I’m an idiot but after 10 times I had at least an idea. You know, he’s all over the place and he covers a lot of ground, he calls out calls, and I think he’s a competitive guy. And that proof is in his winning track record.”