WALTHAM, Mass. – Celtics forward Kevin Garnett talked with media today for the first time since the start of training camp on Saturday. The biggest of the Big Three said he’s looking forward to this season and thinks the Celtics still have what it takes to chase another title.
“That’s the focus,” Garnett said. “Our focus right now it’s trying to make this run, trying to get better, and trying acclimate everybody, all the new guys on this team. That’s it. It’s a process.”
Garnett said he hasn’t been paying much attention to the trade winds whipping through camp, deciding instead to take a wait-and-see approach.
“I think this whole league is in a bunch of uncertainty at this point and I fall in line with that,” he said. “A lot of people here, in the office and the players, don’t know what it is. So we sit around and we just wait.”
As for the players he is familiar with -- namely, the other two-thirds of the Big Three -- Garnett said he, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are going into this season as if it will be their last together (Garnett and Allen are unrestricted free agents at the end of the year):
“No one knows the certainty of the future,” Garnett said, “so we’re embracing this year as our last.”
Asked whether he’s thinking about playing beyond this season, Garnett said, “I’m focused on this year and this year only. I’ll make other decisions later.
“At this point we’re just trying to get ready for this season. You know, last year was last year, but it’s definitely a motivating factor coming in. But like I said, it doesn’t take much to motivate this team … I like the additions to our team right now. I’m glad we signed Jeff [Green]. We got some good solid guys in Keyon [Dooling], and I just saw Brandon [Bass], so I’m looking forward to this year. I’m embracing everything that’s here.”