Kevin Garnett’s absence leaves a void in more ways than can be counted for the Celtics, but the defensive intensity he brought will be sorely missed, as it changed the franchise from his very first day in green.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge laughed when asked on media day about who could replace Garnett’s intensity on that end.
“Oh, boy,” he said. “That may take another decade to find that. KG is a special player. We all have to fill that void. Avery [Bradley] is our best defender now, and we need guys to follow his lead and we need a lot more guys playing with that same kind of intensity.
“But there aren’t KGs just laying around out there.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.