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What can KG do?

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM



 

Everyone has cried themselves to sleep about the decline of KG, and I am not one of those fans. Of course I'm disappointed about it,  but it's not the end of KG. Garnett can score, but don't expect a thunder  dunk from Kevin. Garnett has lost something, but he's not done. Every great player  before him has changed their game with old age. I think we can look to the present when you think of KG's decline. The Spurs, and Tim Duncan have changed their game, and concept behind the decline of Duncan. Tony Parker, and Manu have been the focus of the Spurs, and Duncan has taken a back seat to the younger teammates. Duncan is still a major factor for the Spurs. Even though the Spurs haven't won a championship since 2007. The Spurs have been a top team in the West, and they had the best record in the West last season, and their having a solid start this season even without Manu. 

 

  

 

The Spurs utilize every player, and it works for them despite Duncan being past his prime. I believe the Celtics should follow the same model. Rondo should be the team focus along with Ray Allen. Ray has been the only Celtic who hasn't shown any decline. He also has a great connection with Rondo in the backcourt. The Spurs mask Duncan's age with youth, and the change of offensive strategy. I don't know if the Celtics can follow the Spurs model, but it's possible. I won't cry for the KG of 2008, but I know the Celtics could win with him if they think long, and hard about this.  


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8 Comments

Reply paul
1:49 PM on January 17, 2012 
Great piece, Shawn. You are exactly right. I think KG is perfectly capable of adjusting his game. I think he's already doing it. I think Ray too is adjusting. There are two guys who, in my view, are refusing to adjust: Doc and Paul.
Reply Rick Carter
2:03 PM on January 17, 2012 
Great post. We never think of how Duncan changed.
Reply paul
2:08 PM on January 17, 2012 
Rick Carter says...
Great post. We never think of how Duncan changed.


Shawn keeps mentioning the Spurs and he's so right. You should write a longer piece about this, Shawn, about the ways the Spurs have adjusted.
Reply shawn cassidy
2:16 PM on January 17, 2012 
paul says...
Shawn keeps mentioning the Spurs and he's so right. You should write a longer piece about this, Shawn, about the ways the Spurs have adjusted.


I think I'll give it a shot.
Reply paul
4:09 PM on January 17, 2012 
shawn cassidy says...
I think I'll give it a shot.


I'd love to see it. I think you are really onto something.
Reply Franklin
6:37 PM on January 17, 2012 
The two teams are close to the same, but maybe its the coaching. Pop knows the team.
Reply paul
11:20 PM on January 17, 2012 
Franklin says...
The two teams are close to the same, but maybe its the coaching. Pop knows the team.


I'm not sure I like Popovich - remember, he popped off at Rondo, the jerk - or the way he runs his team, but their willingness to adust - that strikes me as a tremendous model for us.
Reply jlil89
1:42 AM on January 18, 2012 
I want to see a similar structure of the NY game again. Rondo went nuts with aggression and fired frustration all over them. The ball was passed intelligently and points were distributed between everyone. Not nearly as much worries on D since we have improved upon that tremendously. And now KG, JO & PP are beginning to look in game shape. Not to mention Pietrus is a bad ass!

Case and point: No ball hogs, utilize EVERY player, let Rondo do HIS thing, fight for the boards, keep up the D and WIN!