HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors

October 28, 2014 Updates

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

October 6, 2014 Updates

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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Kevin Garnett is trying his best not to copy Derek Jeter. Unlike Jeter, Garnett isn’t declaring this season — his 20th in the NBA — will be his last, despite plenty of speculation it will be. And he’s also hoping that, unlike Jeter, if this is his final year he won’t go out with a whimper. “I don’t like to [think like] that,” Garnett said when asked directly if this will be his final season during his media day interview session at the team’s New Jersey practice facility. “I like to come in each year and assess it. I’ve always said the days when I’m not feeling [passionate about] basketball…or when I don’t have the motivation to come in here, it’s time to move on. New York Post

But after spending yet another summer debating whether or not he should return to the NBA, Garnett seemed determined to try and enjoy what likely could be his final lap around the league, admitting the thought of retiring is always in the back of his mind. “It’s always somewhere in there, especially when you come up short for your goal for the year,” Garnett said. “So yeah, in the back of your mind you think about it. But the decision is either yes or no. It’s not like 50-50 I’m in the middle of the road or gray area. I’m a person that when you commit to something you commit to it. … It’s that simple. New York Post

September 26, 2014 Updates

In his first public comments since the Nets were still in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Garnett said Friday that he indeed contemplated retirement but has returned with a full commitment to 2014-15. "(The thought of retirement) is always somewhere in there, especially when you come up short for your goal for the year. But I must admit these last three years, I've thought about life and where basketball is as far as priority," Garnett said at Brooklyn's Media Day, which segues into the start of training camp Friday. "So yeah, in the back of your mind, you think about it. But the decision is either yes or no. It's not like 50-50 I'm in the middle of the road or gray area. I'm a person that when you commit to something, you commit to it. It's that simple." New York Daily News

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