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Kevin Garnett: “This is definitely my last All-Star Game”

 

Kevin Garnett emphatically told reporters after tonight’s win over the Bulls that this will be his final All-Star Game. Here is the full exchange:

KG: “All Star Game for me at least is a chance to interact with everybody. For it being my last, I got some family coming down. You know me, I’m all about the rest. I’m all about the family. That’s what I plan on doing.”

Reporter: Will this be your last All-Star Game?”

KG: “This is definitely my last All-Star Game.”

Reporter: “Why do you say that it will be your last All-Star Game?

KG:”Why not?”

Reporter: “Because you have two years left on your contract.”

KG: “Ya’ll don’t know what I know.”

There are a lot of different things you can infer from his comments. First and foremost on everyone’s mind: is KG telling us here’s retiring at the end of this season? Possibly. He was visibly exhausted, which made his delivery all the more ominous. He also finished the exchange with a nebulous, “Ya’ll don’t know what I know.” That is very true.

One could also take these comments to mean, ‘I don’t care how the fans vote, I am not spending my one mid-season break next year having Erik Spoelstra run me ragged.” Possibly ending with a B+ Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon impression.

If Kevin Garnett has taught us anything from his tenure as a Celtic, “anything is possible” and  ”[we] don’t know what [he] knows.”

  • Anthony

    Wow… what a statement to get everyone thinking.

    Might it also mean he could be traded, play out the season and retire after. Nevermind as I don't even want to think about the possibilities after another grind it out win. KG will retire a Celtics!! That we all know for sure.

  • Phil725

    The question I have; is KG diabolical enough to drop a retirement hint right over the start of the ASB to block out potential trade rumors?

    I've always thought players should just make all kind of random distractions to divert media attention they don't want off of them. No one talks about what happened in the game if the coach goes on an epic rant afterwards. If everyone spends the next week talking about whether or not KG's going to retire, and not what kind of package Denver could put together for him, that's a win, right?

    • Banner18

      Awesome point. I love how Rondo toys with the media, "I went to Mexico over my suspension" was the line of the year.

  • I_Love_Green

    Damn. Its starting to feel a little real right now that this could be it for KG. I had always felt like this was his last year even though he was signed on for 3 years, but this makes me feel like he's done after this year.

    Damn ):

  • KillerGymRat

    I've been enjoying every game he played this season like it might be his last. It's honestly why I haven't missed a single game so far this season. I'm super grateful he chose to come back and not surprised at all if he's considering this as his last year.

    What a generous move to sign the contract he did so this team had the money to sign other players. If Pau gets $19 m what is KG really worth…?

    One of the greatest to ever play and the biggest innovator in the game since probably Wilt. Thanks to him the center/poward forward role has been redefined and Kobe owes his incredibly long career to him. If KG was a bust his rookie year nobody drafts another HS player. Kobe certainly didn't impress anyone his rookie season.

    I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but damn. What a gift to watch a living legend who can still compete at the highest level.

  • emg

    Watch Doc's press conference. When asked why he was going to sit Kevin he scratches his face before lying. This is one of Doc's tells. That and saying "honestly, I don't know" when he knows things. Anyway, he's definitely saying he was sitting Kevin for reasons other than fatigue.

    I also think if you look at KGs interview it's pretty unambiguous that he's dropping a bomb.

    • KillerGymRat

      Are you saying that together it sounds like KG might need some kind of corrective surgery at the end of this season? That would definitely be something we don't know and a big reason to retire.

  • Mark

    He’s retiring. Really, can you blame him? He’s played 17(?) years at an extremely high, intense level. My guess is he’s tired of it all. He’s got more money than he’ll ever need and every accomplishment a great player dreams of. Whats left?

    He keeps it real and he knows, honestly, this team has a slim to none chance of winning a title over the rest of his contract. Hell he was blunt about his contract over the summer when he stated how he got talked into a three year deal plus he’s said during the year it is a year by year decision. Again, my guess, he only agreed to a three year deal to help convince FA to come here that could push the team over the top considering how close they were last year. If Ray signed with Miami before KG deal was done I doubt if KG is playing this season. He wanted one more shot.

    I ain’t mad at ya KG. Enjoy retirement!

  • elroz

    Well, of course playing at high intensity for 17 seasons – never mind one season, which is long..but 17 at 36 mpg… of course one might get exhausted…

    however, I would "advise" KG (how can I advise a proven NBA all star, MVP, champion… or even any regular NBA player!) to think this over and over…because with his fire and passion, he can get a little bored with retirement and then decide to come back… well, don't make these gaps in your career..just continue to play. Next season the Celtics could use him at low 20s per game – 22-24 minutes per game. Jordan retired three times – and came back after each of the first two! Larry Bird of course retired and kept his words, and of course he was often injured and limited in his last 2 years… but when you consider that Bird retired after averaging 20.6 ppg 9.6 rpg and well over 6 assists per game..shooting over 90% FT and over 40% 3-pt… these numbers were still very very good and even though it was not Bird at his best, it was still too high level to retire. The same for KG: he can help the team and play reduced minutes… why start a come-back from retirement? He has basketball drive left that he thinks he might not anymore… come late summer, he will get that itch back!

  • skeeds

    Every time he's been asked about retirement, KG has always said he doesn't want to gradually slow down and retire when he doesn't want to play no more. He wants to go out as a dominant player.

    So, he'll most likely retire if he doesn't feel he can keep up with this. He won't play backup for anyone, that's for sure. Health wise he seems fine and with the lack of skill amongst big men he can definitely play for 5 more years averaging 10&5 off the bench, but by his own standards, he might be letting himself down.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I think everyone is feeding too much into this. Lets just watch and see. KG always makes head scratcher comments. I think his ultimate decision on the retirement front will be based upon whether or not Rondo is ready to start at next season. Although I am hearing stuff about Josh Smith. Atlanta would free up a lot of cash by bringing in KG this season if he intends to retire and leave money on the table.

    • dasein

      No need for Atl to trade for KG if they want to go that route. They can free up that cap just by letting Smith walk, which would amount to the same thing. If they are going to trade him they'll want something back other than the cap space which they can have by doing nothing.

  • Bill

    If he retires, I'll miss him greatly. There's no other big man like him in this league (or any league, for that matter).

    Everyone changes though … bringing the fire like he does for almost 2 decades, I can see how one might start looking for a change after a while.

  • Bill
  • Josh_5

    I'm trying to avoid going into DEFCON 1 here but I selfishly feared this day would come.

  • Phil725

    I'm a little surprised how many people are taking this soundbite as evidence that he actually plans to retire. Maybe I'm being swayed by my obvious rooting interest in the outcome, but I don't see him just walking away from Pierce, Terry and the other guys. KG knows that this group has no chance without him, and he's one of, if not the loyalest guy in the league. I can't see how he could possibly go to PP and say "have fun carrying this team to a 10 seed, Paul, I'll be in Malibu if you need me."

    All this assumes no trades of course. It seems pretty open and shut that KG doesn't play next year at all if the team starts to blow things up. Ainge is incredibly limited with what he can do this offseason though (think a draft pick and a mini-MLE that they won't use.) That means that the whole group will likely be together for one more run. No one will be picking them, but that's not gonna bother that locker room.

    I just take this literally; he doesn't plan on playing in any more all star games.

    • emg

      did you see the clip? http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketb

      there is emotion there. it's not a flippant claim about no more all star games.

      my read is KG feels guilty about not wanting to shoulder all the work for no real shot this season so he's retiring. and/or I think he believes Pierce is being traded. "ya'll don't know what I know."

      • Phil

        I'm sure he probably wants to retire, and I'd bet there's a part of him that regrets re-upping in the first place. That said, when push comes to shove, he'll have to walk away from Pierce, Doc and everyone else to retire. I'm not sure he could do that when you could make the case that he's abandoning his teammates. I know KG will look at it as abandoning them. Pierce's deal runs out after next season, so that's the logical time for both to walk away together.

        There's also no way I'd buy KG or anyone on the team thinking they have no shot this year. These guys (and most professional athletes,) are fueled by people doubting them. I don't buy most of what comes out of locker rooms and press conferences, but I believe that this team thinks they can win, whether they can or not.

        The part about not knowing what he knows is interesting, and could mean anything, but KG's not new to saying random, cryptic stuff. Maybe Ainge told him that they're not bringing the core back next year no matter what, or maybe KG's just talking.

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