And we almost traded Rondo for Gasol.I agree. If KG wants to play there will be a place for him.
More he said she said I think, IMO stuff.
Is it possible he retires? Sure. Is it possible he doesnt? Sure. He looks much older this year. But Kevin Willis played til he was 42. Kurt Thomas is still starting for the Knicks on occassion. If KG wants to plat he will have a limited role somewhere.
But KG doesn't give me the impression he's an Hakeem or Willis or Parish or Moses Malone type that hangs around years past his being a top 5-8 player at his position.
He disappears in the off season and loves his privacy. I say if he gets a feeling that this was the last chances at a ring, he might retire after this year, regardless of how well he can still play.
And, yes, from what I have seen of KG this year, his athleticism and speed and movement are quite different than years past. He was undeserving of an All-Star nod. He could possibly have to give up on the idea of being a starter as early as sometime next season.
Not sure his ego or competitive spirit will go for that.
I think he looks the same as he has the last 2 years. It what ways are he different? He'll always get a clean look with the turn-around. He'll always be one of the best shooting big men of all time in the pick and pop. At 40 he'll still be quicker than most centers due to their bulk. He already hasn't been able to jump for years.
Defensively he'll always have it just because of how smart he is and how much space he takes up. That wingspan is just tough to overcome if you know how to use it. I mean just look at a 38 year old Rasheed. He can't move at all and he's still been ridiculous defensively for the Knicks, and KG will never come close to being that out of shape.
Like Rasheed who has trouble getting on the court, if Kevin retires it will probably be due to constant injuries. The knee is what had him contemplating it in the first place. So long as he's on the court and hitting enough shots to still be able to talk trash he's happy. He (like Dirk) isn't like most big men, he doesn't do it for money he just genuinely loves to play the game.