While speaking with Bob Ryan at a recent event, Doc Rivers shared a positive update on Kevin Garnett’s 36-year old body.
“He feels fantastic now. He says this is the best he has felt in years going into a season,” said Rivers.
(*Searches for wood, frantically. Knocks on it 793 times in succession. Moves onto next piece of wood, also knocks on it 793 times. Then onto the next piece, and so on and so forth.*)
Rivers said what a lot of observers felt, that Garnett’s switch to the center position last season (and playing alongside another shooting big in Brandon Bass) helped KG deliver his most productive season in recent years.
“Teams struggled trying to figure out how to guard us. Because you had Brandon popping out behind the elbow and then you had a shooting ’5.’ So you in essence had two shooters at the ’4′ and ’5,’” said Rivers. “Bigs don’t like coming out of the paint. They couldn’t put the smaller guy on Brandon because then we could post Kevin. By putting the bigger guy on Kevin–bigs don’t want to run out of the paint. And Kevin was left out there a lot, taking shots. And he became quicker.”