End of an era in Boston?: Garnett considering retirement, Pierce planning for relocation
After the Celtics put those two players around franchise forward Paul Pierce, the team became a force in the Eastern Conference. Boston's big three won five straight Atlantic Division titles, and made two Finals appearances (winning one) during their first three years together.
After five seasons, however, the Celtics' core began to unravel, as Allen opted against re-signing with Boston and headed down south to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami. However, Pierce and Garnett still were able to lead their team through a solid season despite the devastating injury to point guard Rajon Rondo, who led the NBA in assists during the 38 games he played. Though they did give the Knicks a good fight in the first round of the playoffs, the Celtics organization is not used to seeing their team finish third in the division and get knocked out early on in the playoffs.
This question has been asked of the Boston Celtics for a few years now: "Is it time to blow up the core and get younger?"
When it comes to 36-year-old Garnett (who will be 37 on Sunday), the Celtics may not have to make a decision. After a season in which he was hindered by injuries, saw his lowest minutes per game since he was a rookie, and was frequently mentioned in trade rumors, Garnett is reportedly giving serious thought to retirement.
During his six years in Boston, Garnett has averaged 15.7 points (52% shooting) with 8.3 rebounds. Much of what he brings to the table, however, can not be quantified. The 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year was an unquestioned leader and brought the best out of his teammates. He'll be in the Hall of Fame, and may have his jersey hanging in the TD Garden one day.