A few stories this morning from around the web to chew on, as the Celtics start to move past all the trade talk and ready themselves for a couple tough games against the Raptors tonight in Toronto, then hosting the Lakers back at the Garden on Thursday. There’s a good chance LA will be without Pau Gasol for that game, as he suffered a foot injury and left the Barclays Center on crutches during the team’s win against Brooklyn.
The Latest Kevin Garnett Trade Rumor
It’s a good thing we tackled all of the potential Kevin Garnett trade destinations on Monday isn’t it? For the third straight day, more rumors involving Garnett are out there, and this time they are coming from Denver and Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post who as I suspected, believes Denver is interested in the big man. Denver, it appears, is not a place Garnett would want to be dealt:
Kevin Garnett is everything the Nuggets need. Heck, his scowl alone is more intimidating in the post than all 21 feet of center on Denver’s roster.
So what’s the problem with pushing the idea of a blockbuster trade between Denver and Boston?
Wielding the hammer of a no-trade clause, K.G. wants nothing to do with the Nuggets.
Through his representatives, Garnett has let it be known he has no current interest in the Nuggets.
Cross another one off the list, which is too bad since Denver is the kind of team who would have had enough pieces to bowl Ainge over with an offer with several worthwhile pieces.
Kendrick Perkins Helps Out Rajon Rondo
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe had a great piece last night catching up with Kendrick Perkins, one of Rondo’s best friends, who reached out to the point guard to offer him advice after suffering the ACL tear. Perk, as we all know, tore his ACL in June 2010.
“When you hear stuff like that, especially with a close friend, it’s always disturbing,” said Perkins. “So I just wanted to call and make sure that he was all right as far as mentally and just getting ready. Because it takes a focus to go through that process of surgery and the recovery of it.
“So I just wanted to give him some advice on his health and second opinions and how to go about his rehab and just let him know that I’m here for him.”
Something to look out for is the mental challenges Rondo will have to face in his rehab. Understandably, Perk was concerned about those for Rajon.
“Mentally, he has a hard time with just sitting out and probably not being able to walk for a minute and not being able to run,” Perkins said. “And just the whole rehab part of it. Mentally, he struggles with things like that.
“That’s the biggest thing he was concerned about. I don’t think he never really had that type of surgery where it affected him and [forced] him to have to go to rehab to get back to where he needed to be.”
There is still no update on when Rondo will undergo surgery, as he continues to get additional opinions on the ACL injury from doctors.
Win A Chance to Play Paul Pierce in HORSE
The Celtics have released a fun video featuring Paul Pierce, as he will follow in Brian Scalabrine’s 1-on-1 footsteps and battle a number of people in a game of H.O.R.S.E. You can watch a video announcing the challenge HERE
Here are some additional details on the event via the Celtics website:
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Let’s hope Pierce having to take part in this promotion in March is yet another reason why Danny Ainge won’t deal him.