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October 30, 2014 Updates

Garnett begrudgingly paid respect to another old friend he would’ve rather not seen: Gino. So often staring at the Jumbotron, disco dancing in Celtics sweats at the end of blowout wins from 2007-13, Garnett retreated to Brooklyn’s huddle and didn’t even glimpse at the long-haired man who brought him so much joy. “Listen, I was so upset,” Garnett said. “I didn’€™t even get to really, really get Gino in my system. My low moment for the night, you know what I mean? Gino is a big part of me, and I didn’€™t even get to celebrate it, but I’€™m still a huge Gino fan.” WEEI.com

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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." ESPN.com

A lot has changed in two decades since Garnett launched his first midrange jumper. But what remains constant is Garnett's hallmark desire. Even at 38, Garnett's motivation fuel tank remains filled and he still has a chip on his shoulder. "I feel good about this year like I did last year," Garnett said. "[But] obviously, I have a little bit of edge to me this year, I'll say that. "I didn't like the way I ended last year or even started last year. I am a very motivated person, very real with myself, watch a lot of film on myself, and I look to be a little different this year." ESPN.com

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“I don’t want to jump the gun. I’m not going to get into a situation or I’m not going to overstep a boundary. When I’m talking about my old regimen, that’s when you touch the ball 25 times. You’re the priority. They’re coming to you. You got to get a basket here and there. “My mindset last year was taking a step back. This year is to be more aggressive, to get back to my winning ways because I’m an aggressive person and I’m an aggressive player, to bring that attitude." NBA.com

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Garnett, who's set to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis as the lone players with at least 20 seasons in the league, is appreciative of the give-and-take with Hollins. The bounce-back isn't the same once Father Time starts visiting, and Garnett is going to make sure he doesn't push himself to a place that will cause him to start breaking down physically. "It's my body, so I have a lot to say about my body," Garnett said. "Understand that. I'm not a rookie. No one is going to tell me anything that I'm going to do with this body here. Last year, Jason was just kind of taking a [page] from himself and coming from a similar situation. We were on the same page with that. A lot of people didn't like it, but they weren't the ones hurting and aching. Lionel, obviously, is a guy who played in the league, understands the league, and we have a good communication and great line of communication actually, and I feel like when I need it, he will provide it. So I'm not worried about that." Newsday

David Aldridge: Was Washington your first choice? I heard all summer you wanted to go home to L.A., to the Clippers. Paul Pierce: Obviously, this is my first time in free agency. I really didn't know where I was going to end up. Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you're not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn't give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then. I thought I probably would end up with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers], but they wound up signing Spencer Hawes [and using the full mid-level exception] at the time. That's when Sam Cassell gave me a call, shortly after Trevor Ariza signed with Houston. That kind of happened so fast. He signed, and Sam called me, and [asked] what I thought. We both were in Vegas at the time, talking on the phone. Then met him for lunch. Then met him again for dinner. It took some convincing, because I never really thought about Washington. It just wasn't on my radar. But I started thinking about it, and everything he was telling me, based on what they did last year, the guys they have here, he talked about the culture, he talked about Coach [Randy Wittman], Ernie [Grunfeld, the GM], talked to him. NBA.com

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