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Kevin Garnett: I Prefer Playing Power Forward

Number 5 isn't fond of playing the 5
Number 5 isn't fond of playing the 5

Kevin Garnett explains below how he'd rather play power forward than center.

KG on playing center: 'I don't like it'

"Preference-wise, I don’t like it, to be honest with you," said Garnett. "I’m a 4. I don’t like, you know -- it's what it is. I’ll be whatever this team needs me to be. Other than a cheerleader with pom-poms and some short-shorts. Other than that, whatever this team needs me to be, man, I’ll be it.

"I have a lot of confidence in myself when it comes to playing basketball, and positions are just numbers to me. But if it comes to preference, I enjoy the 4. There’s a lot more versatility in the 4. The 5 you’re kind of stuck in mud and cement and you know things are written -- there's not a lot of variation in the 5 position. But this is what it is, and I’m enjoying it and I’m adapting and doing whatever I can to give my team an edge."

Although KG lets it be known that he'd much rather play the power forward spot than center, we all know that his number one priority is winning. Although they've been against lower opponents, the Celtics have won these past 3 games with Garnett playing the 5. These next six games, brutal stretch (NYK, HOU, @PHI, POR, @LAC, @LAL) over the next 11 days will conclude how successful this Celtics team can be with KG at the 5. If they can prove to keep winning with this type of lineup then why not stick with it?