Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season

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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#61 » by myronbolitar » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:28 pm

KG changed not only the Celtics culture but how the franchise was viewed in the 2000s.

People who don't know like to talk about the drought between winning in 1986 and 2008, how that era of Celtics basketball sucked, etc. and yet forget that the two guys who would've carried them to the new millenium - Len Bias and Reggie Lewis - died. That would set any franchise so far back.

When KG came in, he breathed life into the franchise - and while ownership, Ainge, Doc, and Pierce were already in place, KG almost overnight took them to another level.

This isn't even a question - he absolutely deserves to have 5 hang in the rafters.
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#62 » by AbeVigodaLive » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:15 pm

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6ixSideSniper wrote:Isn’t there bad blood between KG and the owner of the Wolves? This is the right move by Boston, KG helped them win a ring and embraced Boston as soon as he got there. Glad the Celts are doing this.


Yup. Glen Taylor reneged on a promise to sell the team.



And the bad blood goes beyond that. A recap...

4/19/2006. Game #82.
The Wolves were in danger of losing a draft pick in the ill-fated Marko Jaric trade... so they sat Garnett for the final 6 games. They were tied with another team for ping pong balls in the draft lottery going into the game. In what was probably the most blatant example of a tank in NBA history...

- Mark Madsen took 15 shots... made 1. He took SEVEN three pointers in the 4th quarter and OT. The Wolves lost.
Madsen shot 16% on layups and dunks... and 17% on free throws his last two years in the NBA. Those aren't exaggerated numbers. That's literally how bad he was. Anyway... the Wolves did get a higher draft pick... and then they traded down with that pick for $2M... that went right into Glen Taylor's pocket.

Fast forward to 3/19/2008:
After Garnett was traded (Wolves decision, not his)... Boston thrived. Meanwhile, the Wolves were 16 - 50 at the time. When asked about whether the team would tank like the previous season(s)... Glen Taylor bristled:

"I don't think we tanked. It was more like KG tanked it."

So the owner ripped his former star player ... a guy who had missed 25 games in 12 years! ... as the real tanker ... despite the team imploring literally the worst shooter in the NBA to take SEVEN three pointers in 15 minutes of action.

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So yes... a lot of bad blood. And it's justified.
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#63 » by MoMan24 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:45 pm

Rajon Rondo's 8+ years in Boston

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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#64 » by slick21 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:31 pm

Honestly, it's a slap in the face to the Minnesota fans. He needs to put aside his beef with Glen Taylor and let the fans and organization honor him and rightfully raise #21 to the rafters of Target Center.
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#65 » by AssistRubio » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:40 pm

The Wolves have been around 30 years. The fact that Glen Taylor managed to screw up the relationship between him and the only legendary player in franchise history should tell you something.
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#66 » by theforumblue » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:30 pm

Owners an idiot. Kg is petty as hell. Made for each other.

kg is going into hall of fame in Celtics gear yeah?
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#67 » by StojkoVrankovic » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:41 pm

nobody posted the video????? the Celts killed this


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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#68 » by dautjazz » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:10 am

Celts17Pride wrote:
lonzo_pelota wrote:15pts & 8reb can get u a jersey in the rafters in boston now , wow

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Exactly, for all the success the Celtics had, they went on a relative drought not winning since 1987, and after Bird they were mostly an after thought, missing the playoffs 8 times, mostly first round exits, and just a few 2nd round exits. KG really put the Celtics back in contention, and even since KG left they've been very relevant. The only year they missed the playoffs since they got KG was the year they traded KG (and Pierce).
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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#69 » by bubonicphoniks » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:06 pm

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Re: Celtics are retiring KGs #5 next season 

Post#70 » by DirtyDez » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:09 pm

fromthetop321 wrote:I got Lebron number 1, he is also leading defensive player of the year. Curry's game still reminds me of Jeremy Lin to much.

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