|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM|
I'll miss Kevin for his passion on the court, and his ability to change a game by being a presence. I think what most of us will miss the most is KG's loyalty, and genuine personality. He's the greatest player to coach, and the best teammate you could have. Here are some bits of his recent interview in China.
On Rondo being a leader and the C's franchise player:
"I feel like one of the things I always tried to stress to him is, when you're a leader, you lead by example. It's not a lot about what you say, it's a lot about what you do."
"Absolutely. I'm sure he's going to push them to make the team better, and (president of basketball operations Danny Ainge) is going to do just that. The franchise has always been used to winning. They have a new coach and new system up there, so I'm thinking that's going to be a plus. I wish them all the best, man. I have no ill will towards anything in Boston."
His love for Rondo comes through his words without even watching the video. I would have loved to see KG coaching Rondo. That won't happen, but in spirit perhaps, and by keeping in contact. Not only is KG a great teammate, he reached to a former teammate in Sullinger.He reached out to Sully and some other young guys from Boston, and that's a person who cares for everyone in his life. As for the future, and on his return to Boston KG had this to say.
"All of them, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, I kind of shouted out to all of them and told them that the move was what it was, and that there wasn't any love lost between me and those guys. It's just business. Those guys will be forever with me. If they ever need me then I'm right there. I called (Jared Sullinger) to make sure he was alright, I heard he went through a little difficulty (so I wanted) to make sure he was okay. I've been calling to make sure Rondo's okay, I've been checking on him because I know he's getting back for the season. But those are just things I do to people that I'm close to. I reach out to Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley every now and then to make sure they're okay."
"I haven't thought about it. I'm pretty sure it will be emotional, very similar to when I went back to Minnesota and I was with Boston. I'm anticipating coming to the Garden as an emotional one, but more memorable than anything. My years in Boston will never be forgotten, I'll take those memories with me to my grave."
If I was a scientist, after I found a cure for every disease out there. I would find a way to clone KG.