WALTHAM, Mass. — After more than 45,000 minutes played and some 24,000 points scored, Kevin Garnett has gotten the hang of this professional basketball thing.
But as the surefire future Hall of Famer embarks on his 18th NBA season, he is the subject of constant monitoring, probably even more so than he was as a teenager in 1995. Back then, after all, nobody knew what to expect out of him. Now he often faces questions about why he does not do more during games to prop up his team, or less during practice to preserve his energy.
Do not fret, however, Boston fans. Garnett is not tempted to alter his style.
“Eighteen years in, it’s gotten me this far,” Garnett said Tuesday.
Anyone with a television and a passing interest in the sport of basketball knows that Garnett is one of the most intense players in the NBA, which is one of the reasons Celtics coach Doc Rivers must resist the urge to play him more. Less often seen, either by the public or by opponents, is Garnett’s intensity in prac...