Kevin Garnett Will Decide on Retirement Every Year

by December 31, 2012

The Boston Celtics inked Kevin Garnett to a new three-year, $36 million deal this past summer, but the future Hall of Famer says it’s no guarantee that he will stick around that long. KG will reflect each year on whether or not to continue playing. Per Yahoo! Sports: “Question: Have you ever thought seriously about retiring? K.G.: ‘Absolutely. Absolutely. There was a time where I felt like, ‘Can I still be productive? Can I still bring something to the table?’ I look at myself in the mirror from a real perspective … I still can play and I still can bring something to a team.’ Q: You don’t appear to be the type of player that will continue playing if you can’t at a high level. True? K.G.: ‘Performance is something we all strive to be better at. I’m no different than that. Who wants to look bad? Who wants to come out here and look bad? I want to always bring something to the table. More importantly, I want to be able to enjoy the guys and the chemistry. When it starts to feel like work, I’m going to have to do something else.’ Q: How many more seasons do you see yourself playing? K.G.: ‘I don’t know. I will make a decision every year. I want to make sure I am having fun. I want to make sure I am productive. I got a lot of responsibility on me right now. I’ll figure it out. But right now I’m still enjoying myself for the most part.’ […] Q: You said several years ago that once you retire you are going to disappear. What did you mean by that? K.G.: ‘Go away. Not be around the game. Some players take some jobs involved in the league and do some things. I think I am going to take an alternate road. Who knows what the future holds? I’m going to disappear.'”