I was in New York to cover Steve Nash’s “Showdown in Chinatown” charity soccer game. There, I spoke to Elton Brand briefly about Kevin Garnett, against whom Brand and the Philadelphia 76′ers matched up for seven grueling games in the conference semifinals.
The simple question was whether he, as a man who faced him on the floor just a month ago, saw any signs of wear in KG. The simple answer was no.
“He’s got a lot left in the tank. I hope he comes back. I’d love to see him again in the playoffs.”
Still, there is no stopping time. At some point, every player has no choice but to hang them up. And Brand is well aware of that. He’ll turn 34 this upcoming season, his 14th season in the NBA. Brand knows the end of his career isn’t far off, much like KG, and he knows there are adjustments to made along the way.
“It’s a big difference. How you played when you’re 21… there’s a big difference between when you’re 34 or 35. You got that internal burn to get better, yo