BOSTON -- Celtics center Kevin Garnett, fresh off joining the league's elite 25,000-point club, made it a point to emphasize his desire to retire in Boston after Thursday's triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden.
"On a last note, I just want to say that I love my situation here," said Garnett. "I don't know what y'all sources or whoever's making up these bull---- --- articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places. But I bleed green and I continue to do that. And if it's up to me then I'm going to retire a Celtic. So I just want everybody to know that, all right?"
Garnett owns a no-trade clause as part of a three-year extension he inked with Boston last season. If he desires to retire a Celtic, he can ensure that. Garnett left the door cracked ever so slightly to allow for a change of scenery should Boston overhaul its roster and leave him no other option but to chase a title elsewhere.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that he believes it's unlikely the team would trade either Garnett or captain Paul Pierce. And Garnett's end-of-interview rant only hammered home Boston's desire to continue chasing a title this season, even after all the injury woes and inconsistent play the team has previously endured.
Boston matched its season-high six-game winning streak with Thursday's victory. The Celtics have won 12 of their last 18 overall to move to 26-23 and are starting to climb up the Eastern Conference playoff ladder, shuffling past Milwaukee and taking sole possession of the seventh seed for the moment.