Nothing important ever really comes from the first NBA preseason game of the year. The final score is meaningless, the best players are usually benched by the fourth quarter and soon-to-be D-Leaguers try to steal the show.
On Wednesday night in Houston, however, all Celtics eyes were on Kevin Garnett as the Big Ticket was making his first official return to the court after offseason knee surgery.
“I was like a kid in a candy store running around with his head cut off a bit out there, but it’s coming,” Garnett told the Boston Herald. “It felt good. Sprint-wise I’m not where I want to be, but the progress is there. For the most part, I wasn’t hesitant out there. I wanted to stay in, but that’s not up to me. It’s not something that’s going to change overnight.”
KG was taken out early in the third, but after bagging six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes, Garnett got his fill.
“It just felt good to be in the gym and have my jersey on,” he added. “I know that a lot of responsibility comes with that.”