Wyc Wants KG on Bench

During an interview with WEEI this afternoon, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the team wants Garnett to remain a presence during games even though he won’t play. Garnett chooses to watch games from the locker room rather than the bench when he is injured because it frustrates him to not be able to contribute. Grousbeck said the Celtics want him to change his policy during the postseason.

“I think that’s essential, and I think we’re going to ask him to do that,” Grousbeck said. “I think Doc, Danny [Ainge], everybody will make it clear that we’d like his presence out there. He is a warrior in every way. I mean, unusual sounds strong, but he is the most different guy any of us has ever met over here. He just does it in his way, and it works, and he became Defensive Player of the Year, MVP formerly, and now a champion. It’s Kevin Garnett, it’s not anybody else. There’s never been another one like him.

“If he needs to sit in the locker room just to be able to keep his head together, we can respect that. And it actually worked pretty well for us in the regular season. But I think, playoff-time, we’d like to have him out on the bench.”

I agree with Wyc. KG needs to be out there supporting the team.

According to Marc Spears, surgery is now being considered, but there is no timetable.

10 Responses

  1. I have a feeling this won’t end well.

  2. Yep, he needs to be on the bench. Glad to see the owner saying it. His voice and input will help, just like it does when he’s yelling out instructions on the floor.

    With careful surgery and healing time, he should be ok for next season. Should…

  3. It’s not good when the owner has to come out to say he wants a player to sit on the bench to support his teammates.

    It’s not about sitting on the bench now – The rest of the guys have to rally around accept the fact KG will not play and try to win with who we have on the roster, period!

    Get KG’s knee fixed NOW! This way he will have plenty of time to rehab and get back in shape for next season.

  4. I think they won’t opt for immediate surgery in case…IN THE EXTREME CASE…that if the Celtics manage to make it to the ECFs a month will have gone by and perhaps…PERHAPS KG may feel better. According to the Globe he has a tendon strain heals naturally. What the surgery would be for is a spur in his knee which isn’t what has caused him to sit out. But that’s according to the media so….you take it how you want it.

    Now, I can see the forest through the trees, but I think the C’s are willing to wait it out before sending him to the operating room. They might be holding onto whatever hope they have left with KG’s injury getting better. It’s been two months already and if the Celts last another month, that’s another month further along. What’s stopped them up to this point, really if you think about it?

  5. Memo to KG: You CAN contribute just by being on the bench. Not as much as if you were playing. But you can contribute with your voice and your attitude. You’re awesome that way.

  6. Didn’t Doc already say that KG would be on the bench for the playoffs earlier this morning?

  7. Who cares if he’s on the bench, and why is Wyc pandering to the media and press to make it happen? Does anyone think they’ll score more points or prevent their opponents from scoring more points because he’s sitting in a metal folding chair for 2 and a half hours?

    Put him in his hyperbaric chamber for the next 4 weeks and have him get out to kick Cleveland’s ass.

    It’s ponderous why this is so important to so many.

  8. “Does anyone think they’ll score more points or prevent their opponents from scoring more points because he’s sitting in a metal folding chair for 2 and a half hours?”

    I don’t think it’s out of the question. He has a pretty dramatic psychological effect on some of the younger players. And if there’s even the slightest, most hypothetical chance it could help… sit his butt in that metal folding chair.

  9. It’s a $$$ comment, apparently it’s important to some fans to see KG even if he isn’t playing. Still disagree with publicly calling him out on it, if it’s important talk to him in person- I’m sure he’d oblige.

  10. Great point Nickels – Dead Presidents wins every time.

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