At 29-3, it's time to give thanks where thanks are due. Others can say Danny hoodwinked his old friend Kevin McHale. But by now members of the Celtics family know better.
McHale gave us Kevin Garnett.
Al Jefferson is a nice player. He puts up some good numbers. But he barely plays a lick of defense. He is not a leader. There is not a prayer this team would even have 20 wins at this point, much less 29, if Jefferson were on this roster instead of Garnett. I'm not even sure we'd be over .500.
Throw in Theo Ratliff's expiring $11m contract, and the deal gets a little sweeter. The bottom line remains that we got Kevin Garnett for a bunch of junk.
McHale got along famously with KG. He took him under his wing. He was responsible for transforming his line-drive jumper to the thing of beauty it is today. McHale tried to surround Garnett with championship talent for 12 years. It didn't work out.
Send him to McHale's other team. The team McHale played 13 years for, and won three championships. The team that retired his number in the city that still adores him and which he still adores.
If the Timberwolves weren't going to win a championship with McHale, well, then, the Celtics were.
We already retired McHale's jersey once. But, you know, we retired Russell's jersey twice. If we win the title this year, maybe the Celtics should re-retire McHale's jersey, only this time at the bottom of the McHale banner would be found the numbers 44 and 5, for Ainge and the Ticket.
Number 5 is also the number worn by Bill Walton in the Celtics last championship season.
He deserves an invitation to the championship parade, too.