BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett entered the NBA in 1995 and began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Three years later, Tim Duncan was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming an instant big man matchup for Garnett.
Fast forward to 2012 -- Garnett and Duncan are still going at it on the court. On Wednesday, the pair faced off during the Spurs' 87-86 win over the Boston Celtics.
Now both 35, their matchup hasnt gotten any easier over the years.
Its been difficult, Duncan said of playing against Garnett. Weve always had some great battles. It always seems to turn into a war at some point in the game. But its a lot of fun. I think we bring out a lot of each other.
Garnett, who has been shifted to the center position in a smaller Celtics lineup, posted 16 points (7-19 FG), seven rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes. Duncan recorded a double-double with 10 points (4-12 FG) and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes.
They found themselves squaring off at several points during the game.
Were both older, were not the go-to guy so we are kind of matched up more, said Duncan. Were both kind of playing more center, so it just happened that way. As usual, its tough playing against him.
Some things never change.
Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.
Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida.
Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility.
Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.
The holdup to the Celtics acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls?
So says TNT and NBA.com reporter David Aldridge on NBATV.
Here's Aldridge comments on Crowder being the sticking point in a Butler-to-Celtics deal, via 98.5 The Sports Hub producer Brian Robb:
So, the Bulls inability to pry Crowder from the Celtics may be the reason that Butler is reportedly off the market. Still, a lot can change between now and the 3 p.m. Thursday NBA trade deadline.