The Celtics fast start has been largely attributed to the addition of Kevin Garnett. He might be the best defensive player in the league, and offensively he pretty much seems to score at will. He's the Cs emotional leader, the team's hardest worker, and the mid-season MVP candidate for the entire league.
The fans feed off him and vice versa.
So I'm in his corner, right?
Yes, Kevin Garnett is easily one of the top fifty players ever to play the game, and probably one of the top 25.
But is he a better Celtic than Kevin McHale or Larry Bird?
At this point, I just don't see any defensible way to answer this question in the affirmative.
KG has yet to complete his third month of regular season play for the GREEN.
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale?
Between the two of them, they wore a Celtics uniform for more than 25 years. There is no point in lining up the accolades for a three-way comparison. The bottom line is until a player has gone to war for the GREEN for some length of time and/or helped deliver a banner, they simply don't deserve consideration as an all-time Celtic great.
Note: I chose Kevin McHale and Larry Bird because 1. a writer recently had KG starting ahead of McHale on the Celtics all-time team; and 2. Cornbread continues to insist KG is a better Celtic than Larry.
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