A number of quotes from the Boston Herald, as Tony Gaffney attempts to explain Kevin Garnett’s focus.
“It is like I expected,” Gaffney said. “He’s more focused than anybody I’ve ever seen doing anything, not even just the game of basketball. Three hours before a game, he’s starting to mentally prepare himself, even talking to himself. The way he prepares for games – I think everybody should prepare that way.
“When I was in college, I don’t know what it was, but something took over my body. I just had the mentality that nothing was going to stop me. He clearly has that to the fullest. His work ethic and determination and heart is like nobody else in the league.”
And that last part, the “like nobody else in the league,” means even more because Gaffney went through training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. Not that Gaffney has seen Kobe in a real game, but he’s seen him prepare and doesn’t think his work ethic, determination or heart compares to KG’s.
Garnett, according to Gaffney, is more focused when playing basketball than anybody else is at doing any other activity in the world. We Celtics fans should consider ourselves blessed to watch him play the game like a warrior in battle.
“When KG is preparing for a game, you have to stay out of his way because he has one thing in mind and that’s destroying the opposing team,” Gaffney said.
Yup, that sounds about right. I mean, what did you expect? Did you think he was going to be laid back, listening to some Coldplay and pondering a couple Dane Cook jokes in his head?
Frankly, I’m surprised Garnett even stays in the locker room before games. I figured the Celtics would cage KG up in another room so he wouldn’t harm anybody else while preparing for a game. I fully envision him morphing into a werewolf, growing hair and claws and attacking anyone, friend or foe, in his path.