For many Celtics fans it’s great news—power forward Kevin Garnett will not be retiring; he will be returning to Boston. Sources report that Garnett will sign a three-year deal worth $34 million. It was thought that if Garnett did decide to continue playing that it was a slam-dunk that the all-star would stay in Boston. Garnett loves playing for Doc Rivers and loves the Celtics.
Garnett, who has been with the Celtics for five years and whose arrival helped Boston win its first championship in 22 years, is 36 years old. Prior to playing with Boston, he spent a dozen seasons with Minnesota. Despite his age, he had a good season last year, averaging 15.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG during the regular season. His playoff averages were better as he put in 19.2 PPG and grabbed 10.3 RPG.
Milestones Within Reach
Garnett has a few impressive milestones within reach. He has 13,313 career rebounds, 1,908 blocked shots and 24,270 points. If he takes down 500 rebounds next season, he’ll move into the top 10 in that category, passing Hakeem Olajuwon and Wes Unseld, and if he notches 1,000 points that will place him in the top 15 amongst all NBA scorers. He’ll surpass Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, and Jerry West. Also, if he blocks about 100 shots per season over the next three years, Garnett will place in the top 15 all-time.
2 Out of 3 Ain’t Bad
With Paul Pierce and Garnett both returning, the Celtics have one more of the New Big Three left to sign—Ray Allen. But that may not be possible as the Miami Heat are hot for Allen and are expected to make the free agent an offer that will be tough to refuse. It would be fantastic to have all three of the Big Three back, but if it’s not possible, you have to admit that two out of three ain’t bad. (To quote Meatloaf.)
Not Done Yet
Remember how overcome with emotion Kevin Garnett was when the Celtics won the NBA Championship in 2008? The guy had such a rush of emotions that he broke down and couldn’t speak. In my mind, it was an amazing, genuine moment. I believe that Garnett is not done yet. He wants at least one more championship and he wants it as a Celtic. It’s that Celtic Pride thing, and he has it. Great to have you back, KG!