One of the biggest X Factors for the Celtics this season - the health of Kevin Garnett - hasn't garnered too much publicity this offseason. In fact, with the exception of his new endorsement deal with the Chinese shoe company ANTA, KG's stayed completely clear of the headlines.
Questions about his surgically repaired right knee haven't gone away entirely, though, and they most likely won't. All we know is that KG was told it would take a full year to recover from the injury that derailed his and the Celtics' 2008-2009 campaign. Will we see a Kevin Garnett similar to the one that owned the paint during the 2007-2008 season? I can't be sure. I'm not sure anyone can actually be sure. What we do know is that Danny Ainge finally divulged the first KG-related news in months earlier this week.
"I think Kevin needed some rest, some time off, and he took it, but he's ready for camp," said Ainge. "He's in much better shape than he was last year in training camp. I think that KG got better as the year went on last season and we saw him moving much better in the playoffs than in the regular season."
It might not be too much to go off of, but it'll do for right now. I'm sure we'll get more details from the man himself during Media Day on Monday.
Also, for what it's worth...Erick Dampier will not be joining the Miami Heat.