The Boston Celtics hosted their first open practice of the regular
season in Waltham on Tuesday, and Kevin Garnett sent a clear message to
his new teammates: Buy into the Celtics system of practicing how you
play, knowing your role, being unselfish and doing it all with a level
"While I'm here, we're not going to change that
culture," said Kevin Garnett. "When I'm gone, that's another story, but
for right now, this is the way we are. In the last two days, we've been
playing with an edge, and it's just about consistency... I've always
worried about the consistency of this team and where we are with some of
our habits. When we stay with those consistencies, we're hard as shit
to beat. When we get away from them, we're trash. It's as simple as
In practice, Garnett could be seen talking trash to a
medicine ball he was throwing against a padded wall or holding a
conversation with himself, pointing to his temple and smacking his head
as punishment for a missed practice shot. Whatever he was doing, he did
it at full speed.
While everyone has been discussing the torch being passed to Rajon Rondo this year in terms of leadership, KG's verbal cues and role as the anchor on defense have been an integral part of the Celtics' success in the past few years. You can always hear Garnett screaming when he is on the court, talking to his teammates on the bench, or you can find him taking newcomers aside after practice and getting them familiarized with the Celtics system.
From the interview above, you can tell that inconsistency is a big concern for Garnett, and as long as he is with the team, KG has taken it upon himself to really make sure that everyone understands the team aspect of Celtics basketball. I trust in KG to help the team sort out the inconsistencies that have been plaguing the team the first few games, and let's hope the next few games we see the Celtics team show up that are "hard as sh#t to beat" as opposed to "trash."