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Here's how close the Celtics were to drafting Tony Parker in 2001

Here's how close the Celtics were to drafting Tony Parker in 2001

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Here's your friendly reminder that Tim Duncan wasn't the only San Antonio Spurs player who got away from the Boston Celtics.

In a column for The Athletic on Monday, NBA writer Mike Monroe detailed how close the Celtics came to selecting Tony Parker with the No. 21 pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

As Monroe wrote, first-year Boston general manager Chris Wallace was ready to draft Parker at No. 21 -- before team president and Celtics legend Red Auerbach overruled him.

"It was Auerbach who nixed Parker and insisted that North Carolina shooting guard Joe Forte be the team’s pick at No. 21," Monroe wrote, "a fact confirmed in recent days by several league executives familiar with the Celtics decision on what would become a fateful night for the Spurs."

If you haven't heard of Forte, it's because he lasted just one season in Boston and was out of the NBA by 2003. Parker, meanwhile, went on to win four NBA titles over 17 seasons in San Antonio.

But Parker apparently was convinced he'd be a Celtic on that 2001 draft night.

"I remember the lady from the NBA coming to get me,” Parker told Monroe. “She came to get me and said, ‘OK, you’re going to be the next one. They’re going to draft you, 19 or 21, something like that.' "

That's when Auerbach infamously intervened with a decision that would leave the Celtics without a star point guard until Rajon Rondo arrived in 2006.

"She came back and said, ‘Oh, no, go back,' " Parker said. “I don’t know what happened."

One executive told Monroe that Auerbach's skepticism of European point guards led him to overrule Wallace and spurn the France native.

Parker, whose jersey will be retired in San Antonio on Monday night, spent the better part of two decades proving Auerbach wrong over one of the biggest "what if" moments in Celtics history.

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Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

The first teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary dropped Monday, and it looks like a must-watch for basketball fans.

In the trailer, KG tells a story about encountering NBA legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at a gym in Chicago in 1995 and how that was where he found out he could enter the NBA Draft straight out of high school.

"We get in there, Mike Jordan in there. Scottie Pippen was in there," Garnett says.

"I jumped in, I tied my [shoes] up, and then Jordan was like 'let's go.' I just remember Pippen saying that I was too young to be out here ... and it was Isiah Thomas like, 'I saw you play Scottie Pippen, you could play in the league right now. And when he said that, the world stopped ... He said, 'Boy, do you know you can go to the league from high school?'"

Watch below (video contains explicit language):

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Knowing how great of a storyteller Garnett is, this documentary definitely won't lack in entertainment value.

The last couple of weeks certainly have been notable for KG. On Feb. 13, the Celtics revealed they will retire his No. 5 jersey. The following day, Garnett was named as a finalist for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Showtime's Garnett documentary is set for a Fall 2020 release.

NBA Power Rankings: How things change after All-Star weekend

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NBA Power Rankings: How things change after All-Star weekend

BOSTON -- The 69th NBA All-Star delivered something we haven’t seen in quite a while - a competitive game. 

The final score, a 157-155 win for Team LeBron, underscores how the NBA found the cheat code in balancing entertaining basketball with a legitimately competitive game. 

There will likely be some tweaks made for next year’s game (suggestion: Games have to end on a field goal made, and if a team fouls a player when the game is within one possession, the player has to go to the bench for the rest of the game).

Now that the All-Star game is in the rearview mirror of the season, the focus for many shifts almost entirely towards the postseason. 

The last week leading up to the All-Star break did little to shake up the upper chambers of the NBA standings, but the jockeying among teams with middle-of-the-pack status, as well as those on the outside of the playoff picture looking to get in, will provide much of what we saw in the All-Star game - a competitive, entertaining brand of basketball.

Click here for A. Sherrod Blakely's NBA Power Rankings