The Boston Globe reports today that Boston Celtics superstar--who was recently named one of Esquire's 75 Best People in the World--is well on his way to returning from last year's knee injuries to help the Boston Celtics contend for a championship this season. For now, though, the Celtics staff is taking a cautious approach to his immersion into the game.
“Kevin looks good, he’s in here working out every day,’’ Ainge said yesterday from the team’s practice facility in Waltham. “He’s doing his training, but he’s not playing full-court basketball yet.
“We’re taking it as slow and as cautious as we can with him. He’s anxious and he has a ton of energy, but I think he gets it. We don’t have bodyguards on him to keep him from working too hard. He’s on the program with the staff."
The Celtics were a favorite to win last year's title when Garnett was healthy, but when he went down with a knee injury, the title aspirations became a pipe dream for Celtics fans. Still, in Garnett's absence, players like Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Rajon Rondo were able to blossom into servicable--in Rondo's case, occasionally outstanding--NBA starters. With Garnett seemingly on the road to recovery, having a future hall-of-famer there to anchor things--and augment the burgeoning Celtics talent--makes the Celtics one of only a handful of teams in the league that can talk seriously about winning a championship next June.