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Kevin Garnett not talking contract extension with Boston

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The Dan Patrick show was on fire today — go check out the rant by college football writer Bruce Feldman against ESPN.

Patrick also had Kevin Garnett on, and that led to some interesting comments about his future. KG enters the last season of his contract.

Garnett said on the broadcast he has had no talks with the Celtics about a contract extension.

Part of that is the lockout, obviously. There would have been some kind of communication this summer if David Stern hadn’t essentially put duct tape over Danny Ainge’s mouth with his lockout fines.

But it begs the big question for the Celtics — when is it time to move on from the “Big Three” and makes this Rajon Rondo’s team?

This is the last year in the deals for KG and Ray Allen, Paul Pierce has two more seasons beyond this one (whenever it starts), however he can be bought out of that second season. KG was still a very effective player who gave Boston nearly 15 points and 9 boards a game. Ray Allen’s shot will have perfect form for all of eternity. But how fast will their game drop off (KG will be 35 next season)?

Part of what the Celtics decide will be based on how the team looks post-lockout this season, and part on what they can do under the yet-to-be-set new salary rules. It is hard to let go, but it is usually better to make that move too early rather than too late.

Gilbert Arenas: Caron Butler’s version of gun incident ‘false’

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Caron Butler recently detailed the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident.

In a since-deleted – but screenshot-captured – Instagram post, Arenas gives his description:

The biggest differences between Butler’s and Arenas’ versions:

1. Arenas claims he wasn’t the one who owed Crittenton money, that the feud escalated over Arenas prematurely showing his hand during a card game.

2. Arenas says he told Crittenton to pick a gun to shoot Arenas with – not to pick a gun he’d get shot by Arenas with.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.