Think whatever you want about Scoop Jackson, I know people have differing opinions on him. He’s a legend in my eyes, though, and — when on top of his game — one of the few writers whose words speak soul.
Loved his piece on Kevin Garnett today, which you should most definitely read. It included some quotes from Garnett that I really enjoyed.
Garnett’s role has changed, and he knows it.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” Garnett says. “I’m like any other player that’s banged up. With the players we have on this team, my role is diversified. I don’t have to have 25 [points] and 15 [rebounds] a night. You know what I’m saying? I’m not even playing those types of minutes.”
KG’s return from injury has been about more than just his physical well-being.
“Coming off this injury has been sort of psychological,” Garnett says. “Mentally, it’s been one of the hardest years I’ve ever encountered. But for the most part, I’ve played. I’ve played hard and I’ve been enduring, playing on one leg and still being productive. They told me it’s going to be a year of transformation, so I’m dealing with it. I’m good with it.”
And he’s still a confident player.
“You know what?” he says. “It’s just a grinding season, that’s all. Ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Some nights, my body’s feeling good; other nights, I’m just like anybody else, I’m hurting. But unless Doc comes over here with the big ruler to shut me down, then I’m out here grinding. Like always.”
I ask: “So you haven’t lost your confidence?”
“Absolutely not. You just have to understand that a lot of people are comparing what I’m doing [now] to what I’ve done up to this point. Me? I never lose or lost sight of myself and never doubted myself.”
What does it all mean? Who knows. But the quotes were interesting, and the piece was terrific. Go read it.