On KG, Rondo and Snoop Lion

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On KG, Rondo and Snoop Lion

I'm not sure why it makes me so happy to see Kevin Garnett happy, but the sight of a smiling KG gets me every time. I don't care if he's dancing to Gino, goofing around in the locker room or . . . hanging out backstage at a Drake concert with Rajon Rondo and Snoop Lion, if Garnett's amused, I am too. It's entirely instinctual and uncontrollable. It's also a little weird and pathetic, but what are you going to do?

Anyway, back to this photo, which I first saw yesterday morning on Ben Rohrbach's Green Street Blog. It made my day for a few reasons.

First, the Garnett smile. Or more of a smirk in this case. Honestly, just the mere proof that KG's out of the house and enjoying himself is enough to make this photo a winner. It's times like this when we remember how little the "old" label we put on KG in basketball terms translates to real life. We're reminded that he's still only 36. Still highly capable of enjoying himself at one of the hottest rap shows in the world. Hell, KG's almost five years younger than Snoop. He's still a real world youngster. Kind of.

Second, it's fantastic to see KG and Rondo hanging out together. Not that it's any surprise. I think it's fair to say the relationship between these two goes deeper than any inter-athlete relationship in town. Deeper than Brady and Welker. Deeper than Lackey and Beckett. The KGRondo dynamic is a complicated mix of fatherson, big brotherlittle brother, Master PoGrasshopper and buddybuddy. There are all sorts of ins and outs and what-have-yous. Just know that it's unbelievably special, and there's no relationship more integral to the Celtics success this season. So it's good to see them out having fun, continuing to build on their already rock solid foundation.

And then there's Snoop, who was actually a pretty decent baller in his day, before dedicating his life to music and weed (one of those past times doesn't lend itself to the nature of the NBA's drug testing policy). But really, what's better than a random picture of Rondo, Snoop Lion and KG hanging out back stage at a concert?

I suppose listening in on their conversation.

You think KG and Snoop both call Rondo "Shorty" or does the elder Snoop get the Shorty privileges based on seniority? Did they call him Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion? Or maybe just Snoop? Did Snoop ask them to smoke? And if he did, they would have had to say yes, right? I don't care if you're going to get drug tested, the NBA would understand. When the test comes back positive you just say: "Listen, there are extenuating circumstances. I was smoking with Snoop." And all would be forgiven. I'm not sure it's even illegal to smoke weed with Snoop Lion.

Guess I'll have to wait and ask KG that on Media Day.

I'm sure he'll be more than willing to elaborate.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

It was reported last week that multiple NFL executives are convinced that Darrelle Revis will return to the New England Patriots next season.

Talking with the New York Daily News, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he’d be open to a reunion with the 31-year-old cornerback.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

Asked if the team has had discussions with Revis, Kraft said “ask my boy,” in reference to coach Bill Belichick.

Revis spent the 2014 season with the Patriots, helping them win Super Bowl XLIX. He bolted back to the New York Jets the next season, signing a five-year, $70 million contract ($39 million guaranteed).

The Jets released Revis earlier this month after the incident in Pittsburgh. A judge dismissed the charges.

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

PHOENIX -- The idea that Malcolm Butler could be traded by the Patriots before the start of the 2017 season has been floated for weeks. But if Robert Kraft had his way, he'd like for the hero of Super Bowl XLIX to stick around. 

At the Biltmore hotel on Day 2 of the league's annual meetings, Kraft was asked if he anticipated having Butler back in New England for next season.

"I sure hope so," he said. "We have [a first-round tender] out to him, and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick.

"I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that."

The Patriots can't trade any player who isn't under contract, and they can't talk about a trade for a player not on their roster. Therefore, even if the Patriots hoped to deal Butler and get something in return for the Pro Bowl-caliber corner before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2018, it's not something that the owner of the team would be at liberty to discuss with dozens of microphones in front of his face. 

The tender offer of $3.91 million for one season is still out there for Butler. He could sign it and play in New England. He could sign it and be traded. For now, Kraft says he's hoping for the former -- and insists that the Patriots didn't have designs on the latter all along.

"I don't want to, in any way, take away from his rights [as a restricted free agent]," he said, adding, "I want to be clear. I hope he's with us."