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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).
The Celtics Hall of Famer remarked at one point Tuesday afternoon how, as he approaches his 60th birthday later this month, he’s often told he looks better than his age. But Parish, “The Chief,” admitted that his age might be working against him as he tries to find a job, an endeavor that he said is more out of boredom than for money.
Now that he is removed from the shadow of Pierce and Garnett, Parish said, Rondo could thrive. That’s what happened to him, after all, when he went from the Warriors to the Celtics, for whom he made nine All-Star teams. “It turned out to be a good thing,” Parish said, laughing. “Things went real smooth, I had a fine time in Boston. A bad reputation doesn’t mean you can’t fix it. It can happen.”
As for what the Celtics have left on the roster, it is expected that point guard Rajon Rondo, coming off knee surgery, will be the focal point of the team. Parish is something of a kindred spirit with Rondo. Before coming to Boston, he was with the Warriors, but Golden State sought to get rid of Parish because of attitude problems. He understands, then, that reputations can be distorted. “Just going by what I have heard, I have heard he has a talent for being difficult,” Parish said. “But you can say that about most of us. I know I had my moments. For me, if I don’t know you, I come across as being aloof and distant if I don’t know you. I am just quiet if I don’t know you. I can be very stoic looking, that’s just my facial expression. I don’t smile a lot. I come across as being arrogant and dismissive, even if that is not the case. I know what it is to be misunderstood. I can’t say for sure that’s the case with Rondo, but I can understand it if it is.”
SI: What could you get on Michael about? Barkley: That’s easy. He is so damn black. And he’s not the best-looking guy in the world. Why do all these women think he’s good-looking? If Michael Jordan was a damn plumber, he couldn’t get a date. Any guy got $500 million looks good. SI: You and Larry Bird could go at it, too. What did you get on him about? Barkley: That’s easy, too. He ain’t the best-looking guy in the world either. We used to call the Celtics the ugliest team in NBA history. [Kevin] McHale, [Robert] Parish and Bird? Damn.