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Kevin Garnett's Career. [Jul. 31st, 2007|07:19 pm]
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Right now, it is very possible that five years into the future, Kevin Garnett will be in a mansion's den, by himself, shaking his fist after an interview, knowing that the day his career died was when he changed his number after the Minnesota-Boston trade.



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Kevin Garnett will wear #5 for the Boston Celtics. He will wear this number because #21 is not available for use. Players will sometimes gravitate back to their high school or college numbers, but KG did not play college basketball, and at least one other number in his life, #34, is currently used by teammate and other-star Paul Pierce. As for why #5, I don't know, but numbers mean something to these people of great physical skill. There will probably be some story, since it becomes a still-superstar like Kevin.

Boston's depth is horrible because of the trade. Sending multiple players to match the salary percentage of the gargantuan-sized salary of Kevin Garnett leaves Boston with a front line of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins. Boston is seriously thin at the most important positions of point guard and center. Should Boston play Kevin at center? I don't think it's a smooth idea because centers take poundings even in this finesse-headed league, and Kevin's already looking at the latter half of his career. Playing center's a great way to cut his career short.

Minnesota has a bag of extras from a horrible Boston club, plus two first round picks. Unfortunately, Minnesota's general manager remains Kevin McHale. There's possibility that Minnesota can work an iffy division and contend for a division crown with the over-stock of what they have, if Kevin selects the right players to pare from the current surplus. Minnesota, however, will easily languish in the NBA toilet. If that happens, however, there's always a chance at some potential superstar like O.J. Mayo, since next year's draft will probably have less hype and enough talent, should the T-Wolves remain my current nickname of Toilet Paper Wolves.

Unfortunately, Boston's timetable for a championship is, suddenly, now. Even if Ainge added Chris Webber, they're stuck as a team if just one of these mega-stars misses extended time from injury. The other problem is the current coach, Doc Rivers.

Doc's been awarded Coach of the Year, but they give that to anyone who manages to have his name attached to a team that wins a ton of games when they're not expected. More often than not, the COTY in the NBA has nothing to do with a coach's quality. Doc's got talent, but I've watched this guy lose in the first round with Tracy McGrady back in his Orlando Magic coaching days. Doc's got a suitable lineup for his ability, but Doc's not likely to come up with brilliant floor plans on the fly when it's crunch time in the season-deciding games.

One way Boston could improve is to hire a man like Rick Carlisle, who was recently dismissed from the Pacers. I won't presume to say that Carlisle or anyone else available right now is an upgrade, but one thing I do know is that Carlisle has been pulling off amazing results with just one-two solid guys and a bunch of role players for the entire decade. His one bad year, last year, came at the end of a Pacers run which featured Jermaine O'Neal on the shelf and a bunch of green-horns who really didn't equal the potency of their highlight year of Reggie Miller, Al Harrington, Jermaine, and Ron Artest. The only problem is that Boston just landed Kevin, will probably have to sign a multiple-year extension of Kevin's contract that is about as insane as his current salary, and Ainge has already extended Doc's contract.

There's a lot of high hopes going around Boston Nation, the internet, and across North America with the announcement of this trade. I caution against getting involved with such notion.

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[User Picture]From: billhelm
2007-08-01 12:02 am (UTC)
Remember how you disowned the Lions after the Harrington debacle? I'm there. Actually, I've been there for a while but this one pretty much is the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak.

Fucking McHale.

We knew it was inevitable that KG would be unloaded for a huge pile of mid-level players. jefferson has the chance to be somewhat of a breakout. but the rest... hmmph... and gee we get one of our picks back from another retarded trade. WOO HOO

All i can wish is that Boston goes down in flames next year.

The wolves will be hard pressed to be as pathetic as they were last year, with or without KG. But they just lost any shot at season ticket renewals.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-01 01:25 am (UTC)
ESPN says this is great for Boston.

When accounting for their Atlantic bias, that means this is a sideways deal for both teams that will just as likely continue a parade of buffoonery for Boston, so you just may get your wish.

Yeah, I was done with the T-Wolves before they hit the conference series in '04, so I can completely understand the entire Minnesota Nation going, in unison, "Up Yours, Kevin McHale."

Perhaps this will come with a change in front office as well as a change in court personnel. You could only hope, but when I read in Detroit how that old geezer Clay Ford talks about sunny side up philosophy with the Lions every year at this time, I can only guess that Kevin will select Ndudi Ebis 2 and 3 from those two picks.
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[User Picture]From: pierce
2007-08-01 12:13 am (UTC)

i know why he took #5!

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-01 01:26 am (UTC)
Ha, Kevin Garnett has a Johnny 5 fetish?

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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2007-08-02 02:11 am (UTC)
If LeBron James and four waterboys can win the East, then the Boston Celtics with three superstars and not much else should be at the very least a lock for the conference finals, no? I didn't see the conference get that much better, and sure, I could see Chicago, the BronBrons or maybe even Orlando or Detroit knocking the Celts out early, but at this point, don't they have to be the on-paper favorites to be the East's sacrificial lamb come June '08?

Also, you don't know how hard it is for me right now. The Braves made the biggest trade deadline moves in baseball. In football, the Pats are loaded. Now the Celts traded their way into contention. These are all teams I hate, and teams that will probably do better than my teams in those sports. I guess there's always the NHL though. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-02 02:16 am (UTC)
LeBron James and four waterboys got lucky when Detroit had hiccups because their coach was fucking retarded. They didn't win a goddamn thing, as far as I'm concerned.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-02 02:22 am (UTC)
Or I could put it this way - I know how Philly suffers, so don't forget that.

Beyond that, nobody talked any hype during 02-05 when Detroit was gaining steam. They were making trades the whole damn time, and even after the championship, the media would not hype Detroit that offseason. The story was "no, Detroit won't repeat. Impossible."

So excuse me if I, for one, would like to congratulate King James for absolutely nothing, since that motherfucker has amounted to shit over all of his seasons to date. As for Boston, they still have Ainge and Rivers. Amounts to shit.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-08-02 09:15 am (UTC)
Another afterthought:

Cleveland's waterboys are better quality than what lurks behind Boston's Big Three.

There's another separate quality that Cleveland possesses, and that is the horrible surprise of solid perimeter defense. One would never think such of the Cavs, but one rarely thought of it for New Jersey or Indiana in previous years, either.

Rondo can likely achieve a tight perimeter, but I seriously doubt Allen will, even if Doc calls for tight coverage along the outside. Pierce? Nah, I doubt he'll make an NBA defensive team in the future. KG? Yeah, he's on point with the D, and if Kendrick Perkins cuts down the fouls then he'll form a tight interior with KG, but when I see "if" or "could" or "possible" or "has the potential" or "future" in a defense of something, this becomes the point where it does not apply to defense of right now.

So, hogwash with their Scalabrine backups. I'd take a Gooden (pure backup himself, your perfect description of "waterboy") over Scalabrine any day, and having crap for bench pretty much makes the 60-65 points from the Big Three useless.

The Celts seemed to trade themselves into "excitement." That doesn't necessarily add up to a division crown, even, especially if Doc Rivers is still coaching that team by November 1st.

I'd take Dalembert over Perkins, too, right now, at this juncture.
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