It’s amazing how quotes by professional athletes are taken out of context so often. The latest case was some overeager reporter who didn’t take the time to listen to what Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett had to say about his appearance in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. The beat writer claimed that Garnett hinted he would retire at the end of the year, so the 18-year veteran had to clarify during the contest and did so in classic KG fashion.
Garnett said he was simply talking about the fact he was playing in the All-Star game as a 36-year-old veteran who has battled injuries over the past five years since jointing the Celtics. He pointed out that his statement that “this might be my last All-Star game” was right on the money because it would be ludicrous for him to suggest he would just be back in the exhibition as a 37-year-old in 2014 simply because he’s still in the league.
You see, Garnett gets it. He knows that guys like Dwight Howard were only in the All-Star game this year because of their names and KG doesn’t want to be that. In fact, he phrased it perfectly, saying he “would never disrespect the game like that” by suggesting he would be back next year as an older player just because he’s Kevin Garnett.
Know this, though: Garnett will play like an All-Star again in 2014, regardless of whether he gets voted into the game again. He’s been a force in the NBA for a long time and he’s not sticking around just for the heck of it–he wants to win another title. That may not happen unless the Celtics may some bold moves in the very near future, but Garnett will be around playing dynamite basketball like he always has been.