Found January 27, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
There was nothing more he could have asked for, save for one good friend. “Thought we were going to see Gino — thought Gino was going to jump up and down. I thought Gino was going to get crackin’,” Kevin Garnett said of the bearded dancer in the disco victory video he adopted like a favorite toy during his six years as a Celtic. Beyond that notable absence, though, Garnett was lost in the affection of his former public, from the sea of No. 5 and No. 34 jerseys in the Garden to a wildly emotional crowd. They cheered his first basket, a dunk, and then almost in unison hesitated, realizing that they might have gone too far. But no. There was no such thing as going too far last night. Surviving the emotion was the biggest challenge, even if Garnett punctured the crowd with 17 seconds left when he stole a Rajon Rondo pass and led the slowest fast break in history to seal Brooklyn’s 85-79 win over the Celtics. Garnett let out a long exhale before trying to sum up the night. “This was...
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