|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 20, 2014 at 2:25 AM|
If you thought Doc's return was a wild night in the Garden in late 2013. Then the best is yet to come. Were a week away from Pierce and KG's return, and Doc spoke about it and so did KG.
“Absolutely,” Garnett said when asked if Rondo being on the court will make his return to Boston mean even more. “That’s a little brother, man. We all grew together. When we grew, it wasn’t something we did minimally. We all gave all of ourselves to each other, and we grew in that. That connection, you grow with it through time, and it’s one of them connections that you look at as forever.
“That’s my little brother. I love Rondo. He knows that, and I would do anything for him. All in all, I’m just happy that he’s back, and I’m just happy he’s able to be healthy and continue to be able to do one of the things he does best.”
I want to say it was rcraig617 who said that the NBA scheduled this game figuring that Rondo would be back fro this one. He was right, Rondo just made the cut.
"That's going to be awesome," Rivers said before his Clippers faced the Knicks at the Garden on Friday. "It's going to be crazy. It's going to be awesome for them."
The Nets played the Celtics in the preseason at the TD Garden on Oct. 23, but Pierce and Garnett rested and did not play. Both former Celtics will surely be overwhelmed with emotion in their return to Boston.
Rivers immediately drew an ovation from Boston fans when he emerged from the visitor's tunnel at the TD Garden during his return with the Clippers on Dec. 11. There was a video tribute to Rivers with highlights of the 2008 Celtics title team during the second quarter.
Rivers was still trying to compose himself when talking to reporters well after the game that night.
"Yeah, that's as emotional as I ever [been]," Rivers said. "And that was an amazing night for me. It was awesome."
Rivers said he could only imagine what it will be like for his two former players, especially Pierce, who spent his entire career with the Celtics until a trade to the Nets last summer.
"Paul spent his whole career there and never really wanted to leave," Rivers said. "That will be a neat evening for them, and again, especially for Paul."
Rivers said he expected Celtics fans to give Pierce and Garnett a night they will never forget.
"I think the reason the city loved them both is because they did it right and they did everything they could every night to win a basketball game," Rivers said. "Cities feel that. New York is like that. New York, they say white collar, it's blue collar. You know what I mean? People see that.
Our love for Paul and KG should be ten times more than the love for Doc. It's going to be a great day. You can credit Paul and Kevin for some of Rondo's growth as a player, more so during the title year. Rondo lifted his game after 2008, and Rondo showed great signs of growth being a big part of the Celtics 17th championship.
Rajon also carried the old guys since the 2010 playoffs. Of course the "Big 3" weren't corpses out there, but Rondo was the best player on the Celtics, and nobody would have guessed that when Danny formed that team in 2007.