Though I assume he spent a number of hours this fall practicing his lion’s roar, every indication we have says that Kevin Garnett also stayed in good shape during the NBA lockout. Rajon Rondo noted multiple times that Garnett was keeping active, and that the Big Three would all be ready for a season if and when the season ever came.
Now, after a long boxing match between David Stern and Billy Hunter, which I wish had ended in a simultaneous knockout, we finally know when the season will come. If Garnett isn’t entirely ready for it now, he will likely be better prepared after next week, when he will “almost certainly” participate in a week-long boot camp run by noted trainer Joe Abunassar. (Hoops World)
Whether in shape or out of it, we do know that Joe Abunassar is going to hold a one-week boot camp at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada next week, and that should help some veterans get themselves back into playing shape.
The program, which includes both intensive training sessions and 5-on-5 games, will be aimed at getting guys playing pro level ball with pro level trainers while they wait for the ratification of the new deal. Chauncey Billups and Kevin Garnett will almost certainly be there, while other Impact alumni like Tayshaun Prince, Baron Davis, and Corey Maggette may also show up, but regardless of speculation, we can expect a lot of NBA guys to make the trip.
We haven’t heard much from Garnett this offseason. He did not participate in any public lockout exhibition games, but that wasn’t unexpected. During offseasons, Boston’s ornery superstar normally stays hidden in a scarcely-populated lair, pounding his chest with one hand while simultaenously throwing pebbles at anyone who threatens to defeat him in Modern Warfare 3. Garnett is an intensely private person, emphasis on intensely, who likes to stay off the public radar and live a relatively normal lifestyle. He might have been working out like Rocky Balboa this summer, camped in some Russian cabin lifting logs over his head, but we would never know about it because Garnett sticks to the shadows whenever he can.
But he’s a professional. I imagine that Garnett stayed in great shape during the offseason, just like Rondo said he did. This week-long boot camp is probably just The Big Ticket’s next step to get ready for what might be his final NBA season. He’s probably been running along the beaches of Malibu at 5 a.m. each morning, dreaming of getting revenge against Chris Bosh, drop-kicking Charlie Villanueva and hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy over his head one more time. Anything is possible.