by Yusuf Gadlin
Kevin Garnett will likely retire after this season. The 19-year veteran will leave behind a great legacy and will be remembered for his intensity; his leadership; his giant heart; his superior skill set; his loyalty; and, his talking to himself before tip off of every game before banging his head against the basketball support system before going to war on the basketball ball court.
Kevin Garnett was not only the 2004 Most Valuable Player he is also the only player in NBA history with 25,000 points 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assist, 1,500 steals and 1,500 blocks.
One word comes to mind: Dominate.
Garnett won his first , and likely his only championship in 2008, with the Boston Celtics. He could have easily won more if he wasn’t so loyal to a still dysfunctional organization known as the Minnesota Timberwolves– a place where careers go to die.
You will never ever see a competitor like Kevin Garnett, always snarling at his opponents, slamming his hands on the harwood, challenging a unproven point guard to get the ball across the half court line before a 8 second count. Garnett in my eyes will forever be the greatest motivator in professional sports, hyping his teammates up to prepare for a battle against an a opponent, or tearing down a teammate like he did “Big Baby” Glenn Davis, brining him to tears for making a mistake on a defensive end. That’s how intense Kevin Garnett is. And the NBA will never have a individual like him ever.
Kevin Garnett is surely a first ballot hall of famer. Garnett’s greatest moment has to be winning the 2008 championship. After losing for so many years in Minnesota, Garnett was finally traded to the Celtics along with Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce as they formed what is viewed as the NBA’s first “Super Team”–a trend LeBron James and Chris Bosh would follow when they joined Dwayne Wade in Miami for four years.
After winning the championship Garnett screamed into the microphone “Anything’s Possible” sending chills down my spine and to many other viewers that watched the Celtics destroy their rival Los Angeles Lakers by 36 points in a Game 6 clinching the win.
These days Kevin Garnett is not the same player. He doesn’t jump as high, he is often injured and is on the daunted minute monitoring program for his advance age. Running mate Paul Pierce left him to chase more rings in Washington, just as Ray Allen left him to join Miami and left him and Pierce to fend for himself against the Heat. Garnett called Ray Allen a traitor and when Allen approached Garnett for a pre-game hug Kevin simply ignored Allen like he wasn’t there. One can only think what he will do when Paul Pierce shows his face in Brooklyn again.
Many people are counting out the Brooklyn Nets. Garnett will be sure to let his teammates know that. Many people are writing Garnett off as a has been but he will be sure to tell himself that a million times in the mirror. Will he remind the world of his greatness in his final year? Will he dig deep and be able to average a surprising 17 and eight? I don’t think so, but what do I know when anything is possible.