Kevin Garnett, speaking publicly for the first time since leaving suffering the injuries that have sidelined him since March 23, said in an exclusive interview with Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson that -- no matter what his physical status -- he will be able to give "one thousand percent" once he returns.

"I'm going to go that," he assured Dickerson when asked if he was "close to being able go 100 percent, or 1,000 percent," when he returns. "It's not an interrogative; it's more of an imperative or a declarative. That's what it's going to be . . . My mind set will be 100 percent, all out. Because no one's promised tomorrow. In the playoffs? You don't get a tomorrow. Sometimes, this is it."

Garnett didn't directly discuss the health issues that have sidelined him for the last seven games, but said he was looking forward to returning to action before the start of the postseason.

"Obviously, everybody wants a rhythm going into the playoffs," he said. "I'm no different than that. I want to be as healthy as I can; everybody's dealing with something at this time of year, and I'm no different from that.

"I just want to be strong. I want my mind fresh, I want to be as strong and as healthy as I can be, and go at this thing one thousand percent. Nothing less than that."