I will say this – when Kevin Garnett finally does walk away from the game, I’m going to miss the Big Ticket big time. And not because Garnett became the first player in NBA history to score 20,000 points, grab 10,000 rebounds, dish out 5,000 assists, steal 1,500 passes and block 1,500 shots in a career. Sure, those numbers are mind-boggling and illustrate exactly how versatile and game-changing a player KG actually was. But it goes deeper than that. KG would have fit in during any era. He is one of the most selfless players to ever suit up, always willing to subjugate his talents to for the greater good of the team. And he played help defense perhaps better than any player in the history of the game.
In a lot of ways Garnett is our Moses – the man who led us out of the wilderness and back into the championship discussion. KG made our Celtics relevant again, and he proved that anything is indeed possible, leading Boston to the 2008 NBA Championship. How special is that?
I’m hearing that Doc would love to have KG back next season. I hope it happens. We need him and he needs us, and if the dollars work it would be great to see KG close out his career in green-and-white. But for now I’m going to enjoy watching KG do his thing, bringing that trademark intensity to every game that he plays.
Because players like Kevin Garnett don’t come around very often.