Q&A with Kevin Garnett
Well, not yet anyway.
"Maybe when I'm 40," he said. "When I'm sky-hooking every third shot, that might be something I'll do."
I recently caught up with Garnett while he was promoting NBA 2K9, a video game that features the Celtics' All-Star forward on the cover. Garnett, 32, discussed his love for soccer, the significance of winning his first NBA championship, what life is like as a father and how much longer he plans to play.
It never challenged my love, but it tested my loyalty. It made me look deeper into people and what they said versus what they were doing. When I think about my Minnesota days, those are the kinds of things that come up. When I got to Boston, right away I saw the difference. It wasn't like apples to oranges, it was more walnuts to cashews or something. It was a big difference in how they did things. They were going to make sacrifices to make this team a contender. They put the pieces together to bring the tradition of winning back to the city.
When you put that jersey on, you're almost representing the way of life. "Celtic Pride" is a way of life to a lot of people, how they see the world. [The South African concept] ubuntu, which we adopted [as the Celtics' slogan of unity last season], is very parallel to that: giving yourself up for the next person and knowing that person is being all he can be to help you be all you can be. When you really wrap your arms around it, that's really what it's all about. It's what team is about. It's what sports should be about. Obviously, there are individual parts to it, but basketball isn't an individual sport.
When I sit back and think about it, there's a lot that goes with putting that green on with
You had to understand right away that this is going to work because you're going to leave your ego outside the door and you're going to come in here and sacrifice something that you love for something that's greater, something that you have played for your whole life. If you do that, you will be successful. You can't argue with it because once we embraced it and actually made it a way of life, the obvious started to happen all the way up to us winning the championship.