Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Good for KG

Well, it's official. The Boston Celtics have acquired Kevin Garnett in a huge 8 player deal. Boston GM Danny Ainge gave up a lot of young talent to free The Big Ticket from the basketball purgatory that is the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This is a great deal for both sides. The T-Wolves get to continue to suck ass, only now they can legitimately claim they are rebuilding. The Celtics, of course, get one of the NBA's best power forwards and are widely hailed as a top 2 or 3 team in the East next year.

We'll be interested to see what the Celtics accomplish. They have their new "Big 3" locked up for a few more years, and while they are all aging, these are solid vets who all know how to win--and are desperate to. They should be a very fun team to watch. It's also nice to see one of the Western Conference's best players in the East. One player is not going to bring balance to the lopsided NBA, but hey, it's a start.

So congratulations, KG. You have busted your ass night in and night out since coming to the NBA. Most players coast through the regular season with an eye towards the playoffs. Not you. As Simmons so often points out, your heart and intensity are second to none. Now, you are playing for one of the all time great NBA franchises. You get to play where Basketball Jesus used to dominate, and with Jesus Shuttlesworth. Pre Game Dump is glad to have you in the Eastern Conference, and we'll be at the Verizon Center when you come visit the Wiz next season.

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