Here are the facts. The Boston Celtics are struggling, Kevin Garnett’s statistics are at a career low across the board and KG himself is still recovering from a very serious knee injury.â†µ
Here’s a fourth fact: if a reporter didn’t ask about the connection between those three facts, they wouldn’t be doing their job. But Kevin Garnett is frustrated, dammit! And when KG gets frustrated, reporters suffer.â†µ
Garnett has still not regained his explosiveness on a consistent basis, on either end of the floor. But whether it’s because of lingering knee issues or simply gaining confidence after the layoff is unknown.â†µ
But it’s certain he doesn’t like discussing the subject.â†µ
"They’re getting old," Garnett said when a question about his pregame knee treatment was raised. "OK? Y’all know what I’m dealing with here. I said (Sunday) that no one in this league at this point . . . is 100 percent. Hell, I get worked on even when I didn’t have surgery. It’s just rituals and stuff like that. I always get treatment before games. If you see Paul (Pierce) and [Rajon] Rondo, I think they get massages before games. My ritual is no different from that."â†µ
KG’s frustration is understandable, but … dude, the reason they’re asking you about your knee and aren’t asking about Pierce and Rondo is that those two haven’t seen their production fall off like you have. Trust me, if you and/or the team pick it up, nobody will ask about the knee.â†µ
But until then, questions about the knee just come with the territory. It’s part of your job to answer them with grace.