The end of an era. Kevin Garnett is about to lace it up.
Kevin Garnett, the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves will retire this season. KG and the Timberwolves management reached am agreement to buy out his contract looming his impending retirement.
The surefire first ballot hall of famer was able to withstand father time as he was able to play 21 NBA grueling seasons. How impressive is that? Out of hundreds of NBA players dating back to its debut, only three were able to play 20+ seasons. Namely, Kevin Willis, the Laker great and one of the 50 greatest players - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and now, Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett or as referred to as "The Kid", "The Big Ticket", "KG", or "Lone Wolf" during his first campaign as a Timberwolf, was drafted in 1995 from Farragut Academy in Chicago. He was a skinny 19-year-old high school kid and became the first player to be drafted from High School to NBA after 20 years.
Garnett who is now 40, is considered as the most tenacious and passionate player to ever step on the hardwood. He doesn't have the "off" button as considered by NBA players. Garnett has the reputation of a smash mouth, in your face, no-holds-barred player. He is tagged as a great teammate but a fierceful and a force to reckon with if you are an opposing player.
Garnett leads almost all statistical categories in Timberwolves franchise history. Having scored a total of 19,201 of his 26,701 points, grabbing 10,718 of his 14,662 rebounds ,1590 blocked shot out of 2037, and 1315 steals out of 1850.
Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2007 to join future hall of famers Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to catch their first elusive NBA title. And as predicted, they were able to get the championship beating their rival Los Angeles Lakers led by Kobe Bryant.
Here are some of Kevin Garnett's accomplishments.
2003-04 NBA MVP (24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.5 steals)
2007-08 NBA Champion
2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year
15 All-Star selections (tied for fourth all-time)
12 All-Defensive selections (nine First Team)
26,071 points scored (17th all-time)
50,418 minutes played (third all-time)
14,662 rebounds (ninth all-time)
11,453 defensive rebounds (first all-time)
1,462 games played (fifth all-time)