Boston’s veterans prove experience counts in the NBA. When will these guys slow down?
Kevin Garnett is past his expiration date. So is Paul Pierce.
They seem to be loaded with preservatives, so, like a Twinkie, they are good forever.
K.G. is 36 years old to start the season. The Truth is a spring chicken at 35.
The rest of the Celtics aren’t that old. Now that Ray Allen is hoisting threes in Miami, Boston’s core is a bunch of twentysomethings.
Without the old men, the C’s have no shot at spoiling the Miami Heat’s back-to-back championship party.
Garnett has been consistent his entire NBA career. He came into the league in 1995, just months removed from being a lanky high schooler. The Big Ticket eventually grew up, developing a grown man’s game and leading the terrible Timberwolves to the playoffs in 1997.
Minnesota didn’t do Garnett any favors. It was usually him and a bunch of stiffs out there. Unless you count Stephon Marbury as an adequate teammate. Marbury was one of the most overrated players in NBA history.
Garnett suffered through many years in the Twin City. Minnesota fans must have felt salty after trading K.G. In his first season with the Celtics, Garnett won a championship. The Celtics were back.
Pierce, a lifelong Celtic, played for some very weak teams. In his early years, Boston wasn’t the glamour franchise everyone thinks of. In fact, most of Pierce’s seasons were stinkers for the Green. Pierce’s first season was the lockout-shortened season. Mercifully, that ended quickly (Boston won just 19 games). Boston never won 50 games until Garnett showed up. The season before K.G.’s arrival, the Celtics won a pathetic 24 games.
With K.G., the Celtics have won the Atlantic division every year.
Can they keep it up?
The Eastern Conference is weak with the exception of Miami. Pierce and Garnett don’t have to do the heavy lifting as point guard Rajon Rondo is the best player on the team now.
In 2010, the Celtics made it to the NBA Finals as a No. 4 seed. Last season, Boston pushed Miami to Game 7 before the Heat pulled away at home.
Pierce and Garnett aren’t in their primes any more. But they aren’t some old guys dragging ass on the court.
Even though their legs aren’t as fresh as they used to be, they still work. Garnett (19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in the playoffs last season) and Pierce (18.9 points and 6 rebounds per game in the postseason) still have gas in the tank.
They don’t need a cane quite yet.