The 12-Year Itch

By Eric D. Graham
Updated: June 4, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA — For centuries, we have been told that the number 13 was unlucky. The fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia. The number has been demonized by the “Friday The 13th” horror movies but in actuality the number is sacred.

Remember, there were 12 disciples and a messiah, made 13. The number 13 in the occult world signifies death and rebirth.

This season definitely could be considered the death and rebirth of the Boston Celtics because they went from being (24-58) to 66-16 in such one season.

With this new found knowledge, maybe the Celtics’ lucky Leprechaun will keep this in consideration when Kevin Garnett, who after 13 seasons of “blood, sweat, and tears” in the league, finally has an opportunity to win his first NBA title against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday night in Boston.

Incredibly, Garnett has averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for the last 10 seasons. He also led the NBA in rebounding for the last four years and made the NBA All-Defensive team the last nine.

This season KG, continued his outstanding career by being named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, which is the first time a Celtic has won the award since 1946.

Despite all of KG’s accomplishments, he has always been overshadowed by Tim Duncan, who due to his four championship rings in San Antonio is considered by most to be the best pure power forward in the game.

Whether Duncan is better than KG is still debatable. But KG, has his opportunity to win his first NBA Championship despite all of those difficult and disappointing playoff losses in Minnesota.

Even though, the sports media has hyped-up the “so-called” Big Three of him, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, this championship rests on the shoulders of KG, who has played with great intensity and consistency through the playoffs.

Garnett, in my opinion, should dominate the 7-foot Paul Gasol throughout the series. There is no way KG can let Gasol stop him down low.

Legendary Celtic Bill Russell, offered young Garnett an extra incentive too played even harder by promising to give him one give of his 11 NBA championship rings even if he didn’t win the championship trophy this season.

This is a wonderful gesture by Russell, but I think KG wants to earn his own.