BROOKLYN – Kevin Garnett addressed the Brooklyn-dominated media for a whopping 17 minutes and here are some nuggets from the interview:
On leaving the Celtics:
"Very difficult man. I don't like change much. Once I commit to something, I like to go at it, full throttle. Unfortunate. But you know obviously when I saw the Doc Rivers situation, I kind of knew the writing was on the wall, even before then. I had my connections there. It's tough leaving Rondo and other things. But new chapters. New things to embrace and that's what I'm doing."
On considering retirement:
"Absolutely, because I didn't know Paul's situation and where the Celtics were. Paul's a huge part of playing together and accomplishing things, which makes this thing kind of bittersweet. We're leaving one chapter and opening another."
On being with Pierce again:
"Obviously, we're doing this together, through the whole ordeal, we're figuring it out. Paul and I have been friends since 14, so we've talked numerous and countless times. Walking through this situation and giving him stories about my situation coming from Minnesota, going to Boston. I've given him those stories, those experiences and he's a very smart guy."
On Doc Rivers:
"Playing for Doc was a great experience for me. Not only did I grow as a young man but I grew as a player. Doc helped me to understand that it's going to be OK. And I say that phrase because at times where I feel like I need to work out more, he would always use that phrase with me. If I feel like I need to do something. If I didn't go the whole practice. I'm weird about my preparation. When it comes to my craft and how I prepare, I'm very deliberate, very precise, very focused and Doc would come in at times and make something very tense very relaxed, make it comfortable. I wasn't used to that. That was new to me."
On Clippers rumors:
"To be honest I was just weighing all options. I had a couple of options and at the end of the day, Brooklyn was the best for me. Can't sit here and say that if I had an opportunity to go with Doc, and Paul was involved and Jet (Jason Terry) was involved and we were all going West, then I would be opposed to that. At the same time, that wasn't an option."