Re: KG's legacy on Celtic Culture
posted at 7/12/2013 7:18 PM EDT
KG was one a kind.
When he came to the Celtics, his reputation, his leadership, and willingness to follow Doc's lead in creating a team first attitude, that everone else had to follow, allowed the Celtics to be much more than the sum of their parts. Banner # 17 is his legacy.
Coming to the Celtics, as probably the best all around big man of his generation, with almost every award, except a championship, others had to follow.
While very few players always give 100%, KG always did. He was also one of the most consistant players in the NBA.
His defensesive leadership was also unique. While others earned reputations for shot blocks, KG led team defense with the quickness required to reduce opposing team shooting percentage. While able to guard 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s in his prime, in later years, he still retained the quickness to guard threes, fours, and fives.
The only 20, 10 and 5 player for 7 years in NBA history.
He will be missed.
After Larry Bird, he is my favorite player.