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Garnett wants to retire a Celtic

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  September 2, 2011 08:21 PM

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Kevin Garnett addressed many issues in an interview with the Globe on Friday and one of them was his future, which has been a touchy subject for the moody forward in past years.

Garnett said he wants to retire a Celtic and has not ruled out signing beyond next season, when he contract expires.

"I want to finish my career as a Celtic,” said Garnett, who joined Boston in a trade with Minnesota before the 2007-08 season. “This is it. I don’t plan on bouncing from team-to-team, that’s not really the plan. Hopefully God willing, I can finish my career out in the classy, elegant with a class-full organization as Boston. I don’t want to downgrade. I want to continue to be where I’m at. This is the first option and hopefully the only option.”

When asked if he would play past next season, Garnett said with a giggle: “My body and I gotta actually have a one-on-one to see future-wise, where I’m at and what I want to do. So I will make that decision.”

The power forward also said he has full confidence that the Celtics can make another title run with "young components."

"I felt like we really didn’t get to compete full throttle with the team that was put together," he said. "I thought we had an ailing Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) and we got beat by a better team and that’s Miami. We take our hats off, that’s what it was. This upcoming season I think that obviously we need some young components but whatever team we build, come postseason, I have a lot of faith in our system and our coach and just how we do things in Boston. If we’re decent healthy I think we have a strong chance to beat anybody. But health is always the issue with anything in sports. I look forward to competing and trying to win a second ring."

And as for playing overseas, Garnett said he hasn't serious thought about playing outside the NBA.

"I haven’t really explored none of that," he said. "I haven’t really given it too much detailed thinking. That’s a decision I will have to make later on and be really, really true to what I’m doing. I haven’t made that decision on none of that yet."

He was thrilled to see Doc Rivers return with a five-year contract.

"My reaction was pure joy," he said. "I was overwhelmed and just happy because I think that was a concern of all of ours and I think one of things we want to do going forward is have him be a part of our transition to what we're going for. We believe in Doc and everything he do and he is a tough coach to play for but when you in it you want the best with you and he is the best."

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