It was a meager statline: just seventeen minutes played, six points, three field goals, and four rebounds in a two-point victory. But Kevin Garnett, now 38 years old, knows that it might be the last time he’ll put one up at all in Boston.
While he was non-committal about his future, as he has been all season, Garnett said that retirement was “always somewhere lurking” in the back of his head. Via Celtics.com’s Brian Robb, who spoke with Garnett after the Nets defeated the Celtics 109-107 at TD Garden:
“At this stage, it’s always somewhere lurking in the back [of my mind], whether I admit it or not,” Garnett said in the visitor’s locker room after the game. “Being truthful with you, sometimes I think about it. I saw Paul [Pierce] the other day in New York and we had a conversation. At this stage, when you know that things are, not taking for granted, but more appreciated, it crosses [your mind]. I wouldn’t lie about that.”
Garnett has played 1,401 regular season and 143 playoff games in his illustrious 20-year career, and has earned more in career salary than any player in NBA history. He spent five seasons with the Celtics, winning one championship. He, along with former teammate Paul Pierce, enjoyed an emotional return to Boston last season. “Some things are forever, man,” he said about his relationship with the city.