KG is down in Houston and met with the media today to talk about his "last All Star Game," his career, and this year's Celtics.
In reference to the quote in the title, Garnett was talking about his future with the team and the business of basketball. Here's the full answer:
"[Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge], since Day 1, even when Ray was here, the first day we got there he always told us he would do whatever he had to do to make the team better, he wouldn't put guys above the team," said Garnett. "That was the foundation and we all understood that, never had a problem with it. I've always told him where I was, as far as being a Celtic. My expectations were not to come back to be traded. We both understand that, but this is a business and you have to understand that, I do.
"It's my preference, I will retire a Celtic and be buried in green and that's where it stands. As far as the organization, where they feel they want to go, their visions for the future, I can't speak on that. You have to ask them that. For right now, this is what it is, if it changes, I'll have to deal with that."
Since being linked to the Clippers in trade rumors (which have since been pretty much extinguished), we haven't heard a lot about KG being moved. That's partly because he has the no-trade clause in his contract, but it's mainly because he's fiercely loyal to this organization and more so his teammates. Garnett also addressed his comments that came after that grueling win against the Bulls and a three-games-in-four-nights stretch that featured a triple-overtime thriller against Denver where he said that this was his last All-Star Game because "y'all don't know what I know." For a guy that usually doesn't mince words, that was classic cryptic Kevin, but today he cleared the air:
"I never said that I wasn't going to anticipate playing like an All-Star next year, I didn't say that. But to sit up here with all those young guys and up-and-coming talent, I can't just that. I'm not that brash, that egotistical of a guy say nothing like that. I'm more than honored to be here, it's not by coincidence, I'm working hard like the next man. But to sit up there and say that next year [he'd be an All-Star], I would never disrespect the game like that."
Earlier in the day, Doc was on WEEI and addressed KG's comments as well:
"Kevin, I think every year is going to be year to year. And I really believe that," Rivers said. "I think he loves the game too much and is playing too well to walk away. But I think during the season he's like a lot of coaches at times who think about it. If you ask them during the middle of the season are they coming back, they would probably say, 'I doubt it,' because it's such a grind - and especially for him. But I wouldn't put too much into that."
I think Doc knows the pulse of his players well, especially KG. With the level of intensity that Garnett puts into the game, I'm sure that he's wiped out come April, May, and June, but we know that he loves the game and the camaraderie that it brings. I'm betting that he sticks around for at least another year. I don't see him walking away without one more run with Rondo and another year of tutoring Sullinger and Green on the Celtic way. I always looked at his final three-year contract like that of a tenured surgeon in a teaching hospital; he'll chip in when it really counts and his expertise is needed, but ultimately, he was going to put more effort into making sure that his legacy lived on in the younger generation.