|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM|
It was a cold night in late December, the Celtics just lost to the Heat,and the Celtics looked to take care of business in New Orleans. The Hornets would turn out to be one of the worst teams, and they won the draft lottery this season to reward their awful season. But nobody expected the Celtics to drop their third game in a row to the Hornets, and to have their first 0-3 start in the big three era. A lot of eyes turned towards KG. He was missing dunks,and easy lay ups. His jumper was completely flat. His defense was a step slow,and the 35 year old looked done. It didn't even seem like it was because of the lockout,and when did Kevin ever come to camp out of shape? Well he did, because the season was announced cancelled for the most part.
In the first half of the season, the Celtics didn't look like the Celtics. They showed us a glimpse from time to time. But the team seemed to focus on headlines about trade rumors,more than the actual games. In mid February JO was done, and so was Wilcox. The Celtics had to think on a fly, and the best option was to move KG to center. It made sense. KG doesn't like to admit,but he is seven foot tall. A lot of people suggest that KG moving to center was the difference maker this season. I suppose part of that is very true. The Celtics started to turn the season around at that point. But now with the playoffs all said, and done. KG became a different player in the postseason. Garnett nearly averaged 20 points a game, and it was the first postseason were KG was the leading scorer in the big three era. He was the most reliable Celtic outside of Rajon Rondo.
So what kind of KG will appear next season. The same player that became the Celtics scoring leader in the postseason? Will we see KG fall a bit because of age. I hate to say it, but KG will hit a wall very soon. But for the Celtics to move into the future. They actually need KG. The cost for KG is a bit scary if you want to rebuild. But I think top free agents, or guys that the Celtics could trade for with all the cash they have, would want to sign here because of KG.Kevin is a top priority,and more crucial than Ray Allen returning.
I don't think Kevin comes back to the game of basketball, if the Celtics are looking to move on, and I don't think he returns if the Celtics don't add players that can help right now for another championship run. Kevin's winning ways will come off to his other teammates. Just like it always has in Boston. I think the Celtics need him around for his player/coach ways. The Celtics need a legit center though. Dreams of Hibbert,and Howard will run across our minds, but the Celtics need to find a center that Rondo can grow with, and the pool is very limited.
“He’s been everything for my career — just his locker room presence, his desire, determination,” Pierce said. “When Kevin first got here he changed the culture of everything we did here, from practice habits to discipline. He made everyone accountable, from the ball boys to the chefs to the guy who flies the plane. It was great to just have him around, for the culture he brought.
“It would be great for me to end my career with Kevin. We have a couple of years left; who knows what the future is going to bring? Maybe we can do something to bring him back.”
I think potential free agents should understand how KG will impact their careers. Having KG around next season, could mean a lot heading into the future. Because the Celtics look to be very active keeping the winning ways alive in Boston. I think KG can rub off on a guy like Roy Hibbert.
Also it would be nice to see KG,and Pierce retire together.