Green Street
NEED TO KNOW
Don't forget to follow Ben on Twitter.
A WEEI.com Celtics Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network

Ainge: We never question KG

05.21.09 at 12:11 am ET
By

Kevin Garnett held out hope. The Boston Celtics front office held out hope. Even though the probability of playing seemed unlikely, a chance is still a chance. And for that, Celtics president Danny Ainge has no regrets on leaving the possibility of Garnett’s return open.

‘€œThere was some question if KG would be able to play at some point in the playoffs, and we had hope. And we still had hope for that, and it just didn’t turn out that way. But one thing that we can’t do, and one thing that we don’t do internally, is never question Kevin Garnett,’€ he told WEEI’s The Big Show. ‘€œI mean, Kevin Garnett for 12 years has never given anybody any reason to think he would not play if he could. The guy just doesn’t miss games.

‘€œBut the reality of it is, is there was still hope. I think there was a bit of hope in Kevin’s mind, there was hope in our minds, there was hope in Doc’s mind even though we knew that the possibility, that the stronger possibility existed that he probably wouldn’t play, there was a little bit of hope that he might be able to at some point. So I think second-guessing doesn’t do any good. It didn’t turn out, he wasn’t able to play, and we don’t really think that we’ve set ourselves that far back.’€

In retrospect, holding off surgery during the season may actually help Garnett’s recovery.

‘€œWe think the surgery now is fine. Anyway, Kevin’s gotten stronger, he’s been working extremely hard,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œAnd some people think the stronger your legs are when you get the surgery, the better prepared you are for your rehab anyways. So we’re not second-guessing any of that.’€

Garnett is slated for surgery next week.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, Kevin Garnett,
Celtics Box Score
Celtics Schedule
Celtics Headlines
Celtics Headlines
NBA Headlines