After a long and successful career, Kevin Garnett is considering retirement. Minnesota Timberwolves player has a desire to return to the basketball court and led the team to the playoffs, but he is not sure if his body can take that.
It’s been more than 20 years since Kevin Garnett started his NBA career. Minnesota Timberwolves used their first pick at 1995 Draft on a player who became a symbol of the franchise and the league. KG has his name written in the record books, and for years he is considered as one of the best players in the league. Beside Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent most of his career, Kevin Garnett played for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. With the Celtics he managed to realize his greatest wish, to win the NBA Championship. After six seasons in Boston he moved to Brooklyn Nets, and then in 2015 he returned home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Last season, Kevin Garnett has averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in just 38 games. Kevin, who turned 40 in May, does not play at the level as he used to. However, despite years and injuries he is not pleased with his statistics. Kevin can still play good defense and help with the rebound, but he believes he can do better in the offense. However, Garnett was brought back to Minnesota to be top scorer. He should be a mentor to young players and to help young team with his experience. For this Minnesota Timberwolves KG needs to have bigger role outside the court than on it.
Off the grid
As usual, Kevin Garnett went off the grid this offseason. Nobody in the Minnesota Timberwolves has a definite answer whether Garnett will be with the team next season. If he decides to play, Kevin will earn 8 million dollars next season, but the money is not the most important thing for him. Kevin Garnett wants to lead the team in the playoffs and after that say goodbye to basketball. Minnesota Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor, has recently had a conversation with Garnett, but he is not sure if KG will retire this summer. According to him, Kevin wants to play, but he is not certain that his knee can withstand the whole season. Kevin Garnett is only one of five players in NBA who played for more than 50, 000 minutes and it has left a mark on this phenomenal player.
Kevin Garnett is getting old and his body cannot longer withstand trainings and the full season, but as in all great athletes the desire to play still exists. If he decided to say goodbye to basketball, Kevin will join Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan and that would be the end of an era in the NBA.