Shipping up to Boston
By Jesse Pantuosco, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - JERRY SEINFELD (wiping tears from his face): What is this salty discharge?
ELAINE: Oh my god. You're crying.
JERRY: This is horrible ... I care.
Even at age 37, there aren't many holes in Kevin Garnett's game.
He's a great all-around player. Shooting, passing, defending, you name it.
But can the man cry? Jason Whitlock doesn't think so.
"I don't think Kevin Garnett is capable of emotional tears," Whitlock said Friday while filling in for Michael Wilbon on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption.
No crying? But it's KG's return to Boston. You know, the place where he won his first championship and spent six years of his life.
"Kevin Garnett wouldn't shake hands with Ray Allen when Ray Allen went to the Miami Heat. He may not shake hands with any Celtics fans," Whitlock continued. "They're not Brooklyn Nets fans."
When pressed, Whitlock put the odds of Garnett shedding a tear at two percent. Tony Kornheiser was slightly more generous. He put the over/under for tears at 20 percent.
Keep in mind Paul Pierce, the second-leading scorer in Celtics history, will also be making his return on Sunday. That's why former Celtic and current Oklahoma Thunder center Kendrick Perkins sees things a bit differently.
"[It] wouldn't surprise me if they both shed a tear," Perkins said before Friday's game against the Celtics. "They did a lot of things here, especially Paul. I'll be watching."
So will I. As a lifelong C's fan, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Garnett and Pierce come back to Boston. What kind of New Englander would I be?
As special as Sunday may seem, this sort of thing happens more often than you'd think. With free agency and blockbuster trades more prevalent than ever, it's almost impossible for a player to spend his entire career in one city.
On that note, here are some notable NBA returns we've seen in the last few years.
Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver, March 13, 2013
Talk about anticlimactic. Carmelo's return to the Mile High City lasted all of 22 minutes before a knee injury sent him to the locker room. His final stat line included nine points, five rebounds and three assists. This came in the middle of a four-game losing streak for the Knicks.
Dwight Howard's return to Orlando, March 12, 2013
Howard never looked right in a Lakers uniform. But that didn't stop him from dominating in his return to Florida. D-12 sparked the Lakers with 39 points and 16 boards as L.A. captured a nine-point victory. The 39 free throws Dwight attempted tied an NBA record.
Steve Nash's return to Phoenix, January 30, 2013
Nash's two years in Los Angeles have been a disaster. So was his first game back in Phoenix. The veteran floor general stumbled to an 11-point effort as the Suns put an end to L.A.'s three-game winning streak. Nash averaged 6.7 apg last season but he only had two against his former team.
Ray Allen's return to Boston, January 27, 2013
Allen used to be a hero around New England. But after departing for the enemy Miami Heat, Boston fans (and a few players) turned their backs on him pretty quickly. Allen played well in his first game back in Beantown but the Celtics got the last laugh by winning 100-98 in double overtime. Allen finished with 21 points off the bench.
James Harden's return to Oklahoma City, November 28, 2012
The Thunder shocked the basketball world when they sent Harden to Houston in a trade Bill Simmons is STILL talking about almost two years later. Unfortunately for the Rockets, Harden's return to OKC was a train wreck as he finished with just 17 points on pitiful 3-for-16 shooting. Harden and his old team would meet again in the Western Conference playoffs later that season. OKC won in six games.
Chris Paul's return to New Orleans, March 22, 2012
Things were not easy for Paul in his return to the Big Easy. He shot just 5- of-14 from the field for 16 points as the Clippers blew a fourth quarter lead and wound up losing 97-90. The Lob City point guard did manage to satisfy his fantasy owners by delivering nine assists.
Deron Williams' return to Utah, January 14, 2012
Williams has played in 609 games since entering the league in 2005. This was one he'd like to forget. In 33 minutes of court time, D-Will made just 3-of-15 field goals for 16 points. The Nets lost by 13 but it could have been worse: Utah held an 87-67 advantage after three quarters. Also, is it just me or do most of these returns seem to happen in January?
LeBron James' return to Cleveland, December 12, 2010
Think LeBron wouldn't be pumped up to face his former team? Think again. LeBron torched the Cavs for 38 points in his return to Quicken Loans Arena. Miami won in convincing fashion, 118-90. Desperate Cavaliers fans are hoping LeBron will consider a return to Cleveland when he hits free agency in 2014. Keep dreaming guys.
Salty discharge or not, I'm looking forward to Sunday night. Maybe KG will even bang his head on the hoop for old time's sake.
01/25 16:15:21 ET