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.

Rondo says he will not play tonight

Rondo says he will not play tonight

Rajon Rondo, out with a fractured right thumb, will not play for the Chicago Bulls against the Celtics tonight in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at TD Garden, according to multiple reports.

The series is tied at 2.

Rondo, the Bulls point guard who played the first two game of the series, was reportedly going to try and test the thumb tonight but told reporters Wednesday morning he couldn’t play. 

Game 6 is Friday in Chicago. Game 7, if necessary, is Sunday in Boston.  Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg called Rondo's return a "longshot."

More to come. 
 

POLITICO sees Epstein as potential savior for Democrats

POLITICO sees Epstein as potential savior for Democrats

A piece that ran on POLITICO Wednesday morning explored an interesting possibility: A potential political career for longtime baseball executive Theo Epstein. 

The piece, titled “Could Theo Epstein Perform a Miracle for the Democrats?” comes a month after Fortune magazine ranked the Cubs president of baseball operations No. 1 on its annual ranking of the world’s greatest leaders. In the POLITICO article, Ben Strauss, in addition to noting the 43-year-old’s accomplishments with the Red Sox and Cubs, hits on several instances in which Epstein’s leadership has been mentioned in relation to politics. 

Strauss then goes on to interview CNN senior political commentator (and Cubs fan) David Axelrod about whether Epstein could be a saving grace with “Democrats on the lookout for a new generation of talent.”

The interview sees both POLITICO and Axelrod compare Epstein to Barack Obama. Says Axelrod: 

They both have two kinds of intelligence: emotional intelligence and a more linear intelligence. They both have the self-confidence to surround themselves with very smart people. Theo’s had a core group around him (general manager Jed Hoyer and head of amateur scouting Jason McLeod) since the beginning in Boston. It’s striking how much he relishes smart people around him and has the confidence to be challenged...Obama had it, too. I would add that Epstein has learned on the job. In Boston he was a pioneer [in using statistical analysis]...He’s told me that he used to be dismissive of the touchy-feely stuff [in evaluating baseball players], but now his scouts write five-page essays about the guys they’re going to draft. In the same way, Obama would tell you he was a better president at the end of eight years than at the beginning. He was smart enough to learn on the job, too.

Asked whether Epstein could win a statewide race for governor or Senate in Illinois, Axelrod replied, “Yeah, he could,” but questions whether Epstein has “the desire to hold public office.”

“I think Theo would be frustrated in public office because of the situation he’s in now,” Axelrod said. “He basically has free rein to do what he needs to do for the success of the organization. That is not the case in politics—you’re seeing that with the governor in Illinois (Bruce Rauner) right now. You have to deal with legislatures and all kinds of public stakeholders. And if you’re used to making things happen, I’m not sure the Senate would be a particularly satisfying job for you. When I talked to him on my podcast...about what he might want to do next...he allowed that he might want to own a team sometime and use that team or use that platform to try to impact on a community. He clearly cares about the larger world and wants to make an impact...But there are many, many reasons I think Cubs fans can relax and enjoy the benefits of his leadership for many years to come.”