One of the NBA's greatest big men, Kevin Garnett, has recently retired from the league. The entire global basket community will sorely miss his intense presence from both ends of the court.
The NBA's young generation of players who grew up watching Garnett in their televisions and eventually experiencing the fury of his offense and defense, shared their congratulatory remarks on Twitter, praising Garnett's contributions in the NBA after 21 seasons.
The likes of NBA power players Rajon Rondo, Lebron James, Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio took to Twitter to send their regards and show respect to a man who showed his love for the game from the first to the very last day of his storied career.
"Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for what you've done and will continue to do for the game. Thank you for everything. Legend. G.O.A.T. My Brother," Boston Celtics' guard Rondo tweeted.
Los Angeles Clippers Guard Paul fondly remembered the man who would be later called "The Big Ticket." He wrote: "I appreciate you more than you'll ever know as a competitor and I wish you and the fam the best in what's next in store in life!!! #ThankYou #BigTicket."
The main man of reigning champions Cleveland Cavaliers, James, was at a loss for words to show his appreciation and admiration for the hardworking center. Lebron said: "Competing vs you in whatever uniform u were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive trait u had. Passion and commitment to just compete every single possession. Thank you!"
Rubio, one of the youngest and brightest guards of the league, tweeted: "I learned what hard work really means. Great teammate. It was a dream come true to play next to you. Thank you again BigTix."
Fans know Garnett as one who could move like an All-Defensive guard while having the height and long reach of a powerful center.
During his time with the Timberwolves, Garnettt was positioned at the top of the key because he could quickly move on the court guarding or shooting in every possible angle.
He made 12 All-Defensive Teams, the MVP in 2004, the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, and won an unprecedented championship with the Boston Celtics. No other player in the NBA could average 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists since the "Big Ticket" did it in 2005.