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Boston has historically been a difficult town to sell to premium free agents, but that perception may be changing. “Listen, I played in Boston for eight years and I’ve been here now [as president of basketball operations] for 13 years, I think everybody that’s been here in all those years has enjoyed it, as long as they get to play and their role is right,” Ainge said. “Some guys might not like it because they don’t get to play as much as they want. But when Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson, going back to those days, came to the Celtics in that era, they loved it here. “And Larry Bird, [Kevin] McHale. I could go on and on. KG [Kevin Garnett] still talks about his days in Boston. So I don’t think that’s anything new. It’s an exciting, wonderful place to play. Almost everybody in my experience in those 21 years has loved it here.”
On Wednesday night, Garnett will start his 20th season by playing against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Garnett doesn’t believe he is about to play in his 20th season opener, even if he did tell Kevin McHale as a rookie that he hoped to match his age when he came into the league as an 18-year-old with the number of NBA seasons he’d play. “I definitely can’t,” said Garnett, who joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis as players to play 20 seasons. “I have always enjoyed the game of basketball, probably always will. You don’t have to motivate me, to push me out of bed to do this.”
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs’ big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490).