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Buckner turns down KG's old number

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  October 9, 2007 10:06 AM

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LONDON -- Wolves newcomer Greg Buckner has worn No. 21 previously. But when the Wolves asked him if he’d like to wear No. 21 for them, he quickly turned the offer down and opted for No. 7. Celtics newcomer forward Kevin Garnett, a 10-time NBA All-Star, wore No. 21 in Minnesota. Buckner thought it would be insulting to wear Garnett's old number in Minnesota.

"That number will be retired," Buckner said.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he had his team work primarily on defense today at practice at the O2 Arena. He also is “slowly adding” things into the offense.

New Celtics forward James Posey is a Cleveland native and a huge Indians fan. When asked about the Indians, who play the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, Posey said: “They’re going to win it all, baby.”

Some of the Celtics were scheduled to go on a boat tour of London today, but rain caused the trip to be canceled.

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