Doc Rivers Thinks Kevin Garnett Will Come Back
By Steve Bulpett
Kevin Garnett has yet to say he’s definitely coming back for an 18th NBA season, but Doc Rivers was certainly pointing everyone in that direction at this morning’s Positive Coaching Alliance breakfast.
Asked during a panel discussion if the 36-year-old will again play for the Celtics [team stats], Rivers said, “Absolutely ... Let’s just say yes. Positive thinking.”
Speaking during the sports leadership breakfast at Fenway Park [map], Rivers, seated with Red Sox [team stats] manager Bobby Valentine, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York and Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker, didn’t seem to have much doubt as to Garnett’s immediate future.
“I hope he comes back, and I think he will,” said the Celtics’ coach. “I have no basis for that. I just believe that he will.”
Rivers added that Garnett and his people have been in contact with director of basketball operations Danny Ainge and are discussing the particulars.
If Garnett does come back to the Celts, it’s likely he will again play in the middle.
“Yeah, unless we get a center,” said Rivers with a laugh.
“Kevin can play either position,” he added, referring also to the power forward spot. “I don’t think it really matters. For us, it’s whatever we have around him, we’ll put him in the opposite spot.”