Garnett Reaches 25K Mark, Expresses Desire To Retire With Celtics Amid Rumors
Kevin Garnett scored his 25,000th point on Thursday night in the Boston Celtics' 116-95 win over the Lakers. Garnett reached the milestone on a turnaround jumper over Earl Clark in the second quarter. The Celtics honored him with a graphic and announcement at the next television timeout, during which Garnett saluted the Boston crowd.
He finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 23 minutes.
“I’m sure someday I’ll fall back and rock in my rocking chair having a cigar or something, thinking about what I’ve done. I’m sure then it will make some sense to me,” Garnett said of the achievement. “But you know, I told Doc [Rivers] when I came here to all the coaches and ex-players and current players and systems and organizations, this great organization that I play for, I’m more than honored, because without the systems and coaches, and obviously the players, that put you in a position to score the basketball none of this would be possible.”
The Celtics have won six straight games without Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL late last month against the Hawks.
“I don’t know what Danny [Ainge] and upper management has up their sleeves as far as making this team better,” Garnett reflected. “But we as players can only control us. Right now, we are in a rhythm, we are moving the ball.”
Garnett himself has been mentioned in rumors -- true or not -- as the Celtics try to handle losing both Rondo and rookie Jared Sullinger for the remainder of the season.
“I just want to say that I love my situation here,” Garnett said unprovoked to end his postgame interview. “I don’t know what you all have for sources, or whoever is making up these bullshit-ass articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places, but I bleed Green and I continue to do that. If it’s up to me, I’m going to retire a Celtic. I just want everybody to know that.”