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Garnett: I’m going full blast

WALTHAM — Last season a knee injury kept him off the court. This time around, there is no holding him back.

‘€œI’m going full blast,’€ Kevin Garnett [1] said. ‘€œI don’t think when you get in camp you go half-[way] with anything like that. But Doc (Rivers [2]) and I have talked about time, taking it easy, listening to (Celtics trainer) Ed (Lacerte), the doctors, and what they’re telling me so I’m being patient with that.’€

In a rare occurrence Garnett sat at the end of the stage with a group of reporters during the Boston Celtics [3] Media Day. The generally private player was inviting and happy to share the positive results from his knee surgery.

The bone spur was originally thought to be a few inches, he later explained as he picked up a voice recorder to demonstrate the size. As it turns out, it was closer to the length of a microphone resting on the table. Nonetheless, his recovery is on schedule.

‘€œI feel pretty good,” he said. “I’ve been off for a minute. I don’t really like to take time off but it was for a good reason. My leg is right on schedule to where it’s supposed to be and mentally I’m refreshed.  I think everybody is.’€

Garnett has already begun participating in five-on-five drills with his teammate. While he admitted he has a little less energy than usual, he said he maintained his timing during offseason workouts  and compared it to being as routine as riding a bike.

Besides, Garnett has already had more time on the sidelines than he could ever ask for.

‘€œNone of the basketball we played last year that I had to watch was pleasant for me,’€ he said. ‘€œI did it. I sat on the side because my teammates wanted me to sit on the bench. Other than that, it was pure excruciating.’€