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Video: Celtics Honor Pierce, Garnett in Return to Boston

Kevin Garnett waves to the crowd after being honored by the Celtics in his return to Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“Anything is possiblllllllllleeeeee!!!!!”

These, of course, are the immortal words of Kevin Garnett after the former Celtic won his first NBA championship in his first season in Boston. At the time, Garnett was referring to, well, I don’t know what. Coming from a man who has talked about tortillas and microwaves as a metaphor for chemistry, asked Craig Sager if he’s been in a bar fight, referenced a green squirrel (???),  and spouted a plethora of other quotables, I’m not inclined to speculate.

On Sunday night, though, KG’s three most famous — and jubilant — words as a Celtic were patently false. Between his video tribute and Paul Pierce’s (even more so for the Truth, with 15 years of history in Boston), it was impossible to avoid the onslaught of goosebumps, shivers, sadness, nostalgia, laughter, and sappiness to top all sappiness. And yes, it has taken me this long to process my emotions.

I mean, when Jack Nicholson yells, “You can’t handle the Truth!” and the entire crowd at the Garden goes nuts? Jesus. When the camera zooms in on the two spots in the rafters reserved for retiring #5 and #34? I. Just. Can’t.

Even though both Pierce and Garnett have been shells of their Celtic selves (they each finished with all of six points) and Danny Ainge probably hordes his first round draft picks over a heater like Daenerys with her dragon eggs, the two video tributes made me want to take KG’s slogan and rewind the clock to this past offseason so I could undo the trade with the Nets. If anything really is possible, then I’d trade back the flock of fire-breathing first rounders for KG and the Truth any day.

About Nick Bohlen - @ndbohlen

Nick is an editor and regular contributor for the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox sections of SoB. (Despite growing up in Vermont, just a short drive from Canada, hockey never really caught on with him.) Follow him on twitter: @ndbohlen

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