Yeah baby, last season our main man Kevin Garnett has reinvented himself as a center and he’s going to reprise that role this time around. And guess what? KG has some help this time around. We’re talking bigs, baby. Chris Wilcox, silly athletic Chris Wilcox. Cerebral journeyman Jason Collins – cerebral and stout, and I don’t care what anyone says, Collins is going to play a big part in this championship run. Even El Busto, Darko Milicic, is now in the mix. Milicic is still plenty young, and plenty serviceable. And then there are the rookies, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, two players who figure to see the court this season – Sullinger will likely play significant minutes, while Melo will likely pull off the warm-ups during garbage time.
What does this mean for our man KG? Plenty, because Garnett didn’t come back to take a step backwards. Just think about it – look how damned close our C’s came last season without anyone to come off the bench and clog the lanes, defend and grab rebounds. Danny Ainge promised KG that he’d bring in the beef and he delivered. And that allows Garnett to continue reinventing himself as a center, this at a time when his career should be on its last legs.
And that’s good thing for the C’s. All of the adds in the post – Wilcox, Collins, Milicic, Sullinger, Melo – are just the tip of the iceberg. You throw in a multifaceted Jeff Green, add a dash of offensive / defensive perimeter spice in Courtney Lee, and sprinkle in the cold-blooded confidence of an effervescent Jason Terry, and suddenly you’ve got the perfect environment for Garnett to thrive.
Garnett has to be jazzed. He has real weapons around him now, and the center cupboard is no longer bare. He sees that his team now has a legit shot at upsetting Miami’s plans for a repeat, not to mention flushing Kobe’s season down the tubes on the way to a championship.
I know one thing – I’m jazzed. Stoked. Pumped. Pick your adjective. We may not have Kendrick Perkins in tow, but we’ve got a collection of players that, on paper at least, seem poised for bringing Banner 18 to Boston. And all because KG decided to come back and take care of unfinished biz – as a center, no less.
Want to know something else? He’ll likely play his old position as well, causing even more headaches for opposing coaches. Scrumptious. Yeah, I said it. You won’t see many players of Garnett’s ilk willing to reinvent himself, especially at this stage of such an impeccable career. The man has vision. He sees what he needs to do in order to make this team better, and he’s willing to sacrifice his natural position to reach the goal of winning another championship.
In other words, KG walks the walk – unlike Ray Allen, who acting like a team-first dude but split with hurt feelings as soon as it looked like Avery Bradley was going to start in his spot.
Thank you, Big Ticket. You are a true company man – and a true Renaissance Man. We love you for it.