In Boston, the Red Sox are in first place, the Patriots are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and now Beantown is celebrating the addition of Kevin Garnett.
Talk about stars of stars, Garnett is going to look good in that Celtic green. Now Boston has three superstars in the lineup with Garnett joining Paul Pierce and recent addition Ray Allen. The message is loud and clear to the Celtics fans -- we are all about today!
It is all about winning now, not about building for the long-term future. The Celtics need to win immediately after posting three winning seasons over the last 14 years. Who would have thought that Garnett would end up in Boston, especially after he previously said he did not want to go there?
He changed his mind, and there is an option year remaining. Garnett will cost major, major dollars, but he is a multi-talented star. There are very few players who can consistently average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in the NBA. He is at the peak of his game at age 31.
Minnesota fared well in this deal, starting with big forward Al Jefferson. In the backcourt, the addition of Sebastian Telfair could be a positive; while he has been a disappointment so far, he still has potential. High riser Gerald Green, veteran big man Theo Ratliff and solid forward Ryan Gomes are part of the package, as well as draft choices.
Two teams are going in different directions. Minnesota was struggling in recent years with Garnett, so it made sense to make a change, adding young talent. Then remember Randy Foye, Corey Brewer, Ricky Davis and Rashad McCants are already on the Timberwolves so the future is brighter.
Boston suddenly has gone from the have-nots to the haves in a hurry. Remember that Cleveland made the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference with one true superstar in LeBron James, and a bunch of solid complementary players. The Celtics have a trio of supers, a trifecta that should challenge. They will play with one basketball, so will they share it? They have one goal in mind -- winning.
Red Auerbach made this franchise one of the best in all of pro sports. I wonder what he would think of this deal? My guess is he would light up a cigar and smile!