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April 16, 2015 Updates

Frustrated fans who purchased tickets after Garnett's acquisition wondered if Garnett was brought back merely as a public relations ploy to sell more tickets. Others questioned how he could pass a pre-trade physical when his knees were too sore for him to play. Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said the examination revealed nothing more than what they expected to see from a 38-year-old power forward who has played 20 years in the league. And Saunders saw no reason to try to rush the 38-year-old back in a season that was essentially lost in November when Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin all went out with major injuries. "His mentoring, that's why we brought him in here," Saunders said. "We didn't bring him here to sell tickets. ... If I had to do the deal over again, I'd do it in a second." ESPN.com

April 15, 2015 Updates
April 14, 2015 Updates

When the season ended, they declined to sign Pierce to a new deal and let him walk as a free agent. "I would have stayed in Brooklyn because of Kevin,'' Pierce said. "I told him, 'I don't really like this situation but I would never leave you if you want me to stay.' But they decided not to re-sign me so I never had to make a choice. I would never have left Kevin like that.'' ESPN.com

"It was a weird relationship,'' Pierce conceded. "We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That's just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we'd be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn't show up. We'd go to his charity events but Ray wouldn't show up to somebody else's. I called him on it. I said, 'Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don't come to ours.' I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn't show up. I know Ray probably didn't like Rondo that much, but it wasn't a fact of not liking somebody. You don't have to like everybody you play with -- it's a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn't like Ray either, but he came to Ray's functions to show, 'Hey, we're together in this.' It's not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we'd say, 'Let's go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.' We'd get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam (Cassell), but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three. It just got to the point where it was, 'That's Ray.' No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn't much there.'' ESPN.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders thinks Kevin Garnett will return for a 21st NBA season next year. Garnett is not expected to play in the Wolves' finale against Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Saunders says that if he did play, he believes it would be an indication that Garnett would be calling it a career. Garnett has only played in five of the 25 games since he returned to Minnesota in a trade with Brooklyn. Knee issues and an illness have kept him out, quickly deflating a team that was buoyed by the franchise icon's return. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 12, 2015 Updates

Before Stevens, it was Kevin Garnett who chose Boston. Garnett loved Boston so much, according to Grousbeck, that he continues to recruit players to the Celtics to this day. "KG loved it and I think he's been a real good ambassador for us, telling people [that] it's a great place to play," he said. "It's very common for everybody to say, ‘Oh they can't attract free agents;' you know we attracted Kevin Garnett here. He did not need to sign an extension with us. He did not need to approve that trade. He wasn't technically a free agent, but KG picked coming to Boston and he won a championship here. So I always say that he was the first major free agent to come to Boston because he was able to dictate his terms of what team he wanted to go to and he chose us." Celtics Blog

April 11, 2015 Updates
April 9, 2015 Updates

"Shorty doesn't always listen to everybody," Garnett says. "He'll tell you right off the top, 'I don't want to hear that shit,' or 'Get the hell away from me.' " Today, though, they talk, standing outside for 40 minutes. They talk later that night from their homes too, another half an hour or more on the phone. All of this is in the midst of what will prove to be their last hope for another title run -- Garnett, the Celtics' emotional anchor, burning time managing a petulant hothead. And it's here, back in his car, still fighting through traffic, that Garnett pauses, sighs and takes a deep breath. Where to begin? How to explain the mercurial on-court magician who Garnett believes is so misunderstood? ESPN.com

"That's that fire, man," Garnett says, every syllable punctuated with his signature fury. "That's that alpha fire that's in you. That's that knuckle-down, I'm-not-afraid-of-anything relentless attitude, like, 'I'm coming at you and if you're not ready, then I'm coming through you.' That's what makes him who he is. I always told him, 'Don't ever apologize for that, because that's your mojo, that's what makes you who you are.' But he's got to be able to control it. 'Let that be a part of you, but control it. Don't let it control you.' " ESPN.com

April 7, 2015 Updates
April 1, 2015 Updates

In Tuesday’s 95-81 win at Miami, the 32-year-old Parker joined Tim Duncan as the second Spurs player to appear in 1,000 NBA games. The 14-year veteran is the third-youngest player in NBA history to achieve that milestone, following Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. “He was here when he was 19,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ career leader in games played at 1,323. “That’s a lot of years, a lot of games, a lot of seasons. I’m blessed to have had him for so long.” Having won 719 of those 1,000 games, Parker’s 71.9-percent winning clip ranks second to teammate Manu Ginobili (.722) among active players. San Antonio Express-News

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