Garnett: 'Im focused on this year'

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Garnett: 'Im focused on this year'

WALTHAM -- With 16 years of experience behind him and only the current season left on his contract, Kevin Garnett is looking at just one thing -- the here and now.

Im focused on this year and this year only, he said following practice on Saturday. Ill make other decisions later.

Garnett, 35, returned to Boston poised to make another title run. With Ray Allens contract also expiring after this season, there is a chance this could be the Big Threes last go-around together. The window of opportunity has been a recurring theme for this veteran team over the past few seasons, and this time is no different.

Unfortunately that is the mindset, Garnett said. No one knows the certainty of the future, so I think were embracing this year as all out.

After an early exit to the Miami Heat last season, Garnett and the Cs dont want to go home early again.

He likes the additions the Celtics have already made this season, noting Keyon Dooling, Brandon Bass, and the re-signing of Jeff Green. He believes there are outside factors involved in winning, such as chemistry, injuries, and scheduling, but that the Celtics are all determined to win a title.

We come in motivated. Its what it is, he said. We know our core, we know who we are. We come in here and at this point were just trying to get ready for the season. Last year was last year, and it was definitely a motivating factor coming in. But like I said, it dont take much to motivate this team, the guys on here.
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Garnett stays focused on his game and doesnt get wrapped up in trade rumors and speculation involving his teammates or other players around the NBA.

I think this whole league is in a bunch of uncertainty at this point, he said. I fall in line with that. A lot of people here, both in the office and the players, dont know what it is. So we sit around and we just wait.

One thing Garnett wont wait on is helping his team. Doc Rivers said the Celtics will look for him to be more aggressive on offense, a call he will likely respond to.

The NBA lockout did, after all, afford him one benefit as he enters this season.

Rest, Garnett said. Rest is always good. For yall who dont like to take naps, take your naps.

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge has maintained that if the Celtics had held onto the No. 1 pick in last June’s draft instead of trading down two spots, he still would have made Jayson Tatum his choice.
 
That confidence that Tatum will be an impact player in this league is clear in the recent NBA.com rookie survey, which was released Tuesday morning.
 
While Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. was voted as the most likely Rookie of the Year, Tatum and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball were tied with 18.4 percent of the votes, as the players who would have the best careers from this NBA rookie class.
 
The survey was compiled earlier this month at Panini’s NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y., and consisted of questions being asked of 39 rookies.
 
Tatum, selected by Boston with the No. 3 overall pick, did not finish in the top five in any other categories.
 
However, he was among those players to receive some votes for Rookie of the Year; biggest steal of the draft, and best playmaker.