I think NBA fans would agree that after the lockout the season can’t come soon enough. But in doing so, fans lose sight of just what the players are going through in this condensed preseason. Teams aren’t having full-length training camps, there’s hardly any preseason games to work out the kinks, a lot of players won’t even be signed early enough before the season tips off. That’s exactly what Celtics forward Kevin Garnett recognizes and he places blame squarely on His Royal Highness David Stern.
“I think what you see, we’re a rushed league right now,” Garnett said. “Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. But I don’t know why everyone’s shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things.
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.”
Thank you, KG, for that most insightful yet bizarre analogy ever used to explain a professional sport.
Teammates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce echoed Garnett’s sentiment, minus the awkward mentions of tortillas and frying pans.
“I feel very rushed,” Allen said. “I can’t say that I’ve been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks, but I think everybody is in a situation where we just have to do the best with what we have. We have to adjust to the situation at hand, and it’s a challenge for all of us. We’re all going through it, so there’s nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally.”
“We talk about it. This is something that could have been avoided, especially when you see all the different trades falling through, the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free-agent signing period and then training camp. Christmas Day was something that was really pushed amongst the players as a key day, and that’s why we’ve rushed the way we’ve been rushing.”
(via ESPN Boston)