With the 2022-23 season merely days away, more and more predictions for who places where in the conference come out hour by hour. Among those who have made predictions is former Boston Celtics legend, Kevin Garnett.
While on the show “All the Smoke” with his former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, the two of them, along with former Golden State Warriors teammates Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, predicted who in the Eastern Conference would finish in the top four. While Pierce, Barnes, and Jackson all predicted the Celtics would be among the conference’s four best teams, Garnett did not.
Garnett took to Instagram to defend his prediction about his former team for the coming season. He made it clear how loyal he still is to the Celtics but made it clear his prediction was based on the lack of frontcourt depth the team has with Robert Williams III out.
“(Please) don’t get it (f***ed) up. C’s for life! But who are the bigs (and) who’s protecting the basket?! That’s all I’m asking. That’s all, relax… I need that answered for real.”
How the Celtics adapt without Williams for what’s expected to be the first couple of months of the season will play a role in how they do this season.
Garnett Sounds Off on Jayson Tatum
“Who’s gonna lead them now? Is this the time with Tatum? Jaylen Brown?” Garnett asked. “Your general isn’t gonna be there for a whole year. Just think about all that promise, all that investment they took on getting to the finals, and what that year was like. It’s hard as shit to get to the finals!… This is when dark times show true self and personnel. This is where people step up. This is when you grow wings.”
Both Tatum and Brown have played a role in the Celtics making the Eastern Conference Finals in two seasons – 2018 and 2020 – before Udoka took the reins as head coach. That doesn’t minimize the impact Udoka had on that team, but Tatum and Brown have proven in the past that they can win without him.
They will be tasked with having to do it again with a new coach, which won’t be easy.
Garnett Sounds Off on Celtics’ Depth
During that same video segment, Garnett got candid on his concerns with the Celtics’ depth.
“I’m telling you, one of my biggest issues with Boston is depth, so if Marcus (Smart) has to come off the bench, I’m not mad at that,” Garnett said. “They need more depth off the bench. They need more players.”
When Jackson brought up that the Celtics hadn’t brought in another veteran center, Garnett did not hold back his disbelief.
“Right, that’s crazy! Word, that’s real, though! How is Cousins still at the crib? Hell no! Damn, I didn’t even think of that. Did (Carmelo) get signed yet? I heard (Carmelo) coming to (Boston).”
Keep in mind that this video was released two days before Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Blake Griffin signed with the team.