KG – One for the Ages

NBA: Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves

This year has been a sad one for basketball fans.

Many people saw their childhood idols go into retirement. Sports fans can now add another name to that list. An article was published by ESPN at 5:45 CT that told sports fans around the world that Kevin Garnett was going to announce his retirement on Friday, September 23, 2016.

This should come as no surprise because ESPN’s Marc Stein published an article on the 21st saying that the Timberwolves and Garnett were in advanced stages of a contract settlement. It also mentioned the belief in Minneapolis was that the 40-year-old, 21-year NBA veteran was going to opt for retirement. Garnett had gone incognito during the offseason. None of the players, coaching staff, owners, or executives had heard from him besides a few instagram posts. In one of his posts, it looked as if Garnett was training and preparing for another NBA season. It would appear Garnett was training, but finally realized his body wasn’t able to endure another full season.

His last year was less than stellar and injury ridden. He only played 38 games and averaged 3.2 points per game. One thing you can say about Garnett, but not about most players, is that he made up for every game he missed. He was always on the sidelines coaching the young players, giving advice, and even helping out Sam Mitchell during games and practices. Kevin had a certain presence around him. He picked up technical fouls at home to help get the crowd back into the game, which inspired the team to play with a chip on their shoulder. It’s the sacrifices, dedication to the team, and passion that people will remember Kevin Garnett by. We all have a favorite memory of him as a player and a person.

Garnett will leave behind a legacy like no other. He revived the Minnesota basketball culture and inspired players of all ages around the world. KG was hands down my favorite player growing up and my favorite player to this day. His legendary career will have a lasting impression on generations of Timberwolves fans. The Kid was once a 19-year-old, 6’11, 217 pound high schooler from Mauldin, South Carolina. Now, The Big Ticket is considered a legend with a certain first class “ticket” to the Hall of Fame.

I’m not sure what’s in store for KG in the future. I’m not sure even if he knows. Once the media tidal wave starts to die down it’s expected he will stay around the Timberwolves organization in some capacity. In whatever venture Garnett chooses, all of us here at Howlin T-Wolf will support him. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories.

Until next time, Kevin

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