Kevin Garnett, back in Mpls for possibly the last time, says he still has love for Minnesota
Da Kid developed from a lanky teenager into a grizzled MVP during his dozen years in Minnesota.
More than six years after the Timberwolves traded him to Boston for pennies on the dollar, Kevin Garnett will play what could be his last game at the arena he helped put on the NBA map.
He's now 37 and in his 19th NBA season, and KG's numbers have declined precipitously during his first campaign with the struggling 3-8 Brooklyn Nets. Though it's still only November, Garnett's athleticism seems all but gone and he's averaging career lows in minutes, field goal percentage, assists, and points (his current points-per-game is a paltry 6.6, compared to a previous low of 10.4 during his rookie season all the way back in 1995-96).
Garnett's struggles have fueled speculation this season will be his last. And if this is indeed the end of the end for the greatest player in Timberwolves history, KG took a moment today to let Minnesota fans know he still appreciates all the support they've given him over the years.
="">Here's what Garnett told reporters during his media availability from the Target Center (tonight is the only time the Nets visit Minneapolis this season):
KG: "It's always good to come back to MN. The Twin Cities have always been considered a 2nd or 3rd home. I've always enjoyed the fans here."
-- Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) November 22, 2013
Standing below the retired jersey of one of his best friends, Malik Sealy, who died in a tragic car accident while playing with Wolves back in 2000, KG added:
KG: "There's a lot of emotions that come with this building, there's a lot of emotions with seeing some of the stuff that's in here."
-- Mark Remme (@MarkRemme) November 22, 2013
Though he doesn't necessarily hold T-Wolves management in high esteem, KG has always had a soft spot for Minnesota. Who can forget him emotionally saying, "This is for everybody in 'Sota" moments after he won the NBA Championship with the Celtics back in 2008? (Check it out at the 55-second mark of this video):
Though most NBA observers seem to think this season is his swansong, KG didn't want to answer questions about whether tonight will be the last time he plays at the Target Center:
KG did not want to talk retirement at today's shootaround. Me "Have you considered this might be your last game here?" KG: "Next question."
-- Dave Benz (@tweetdavebenz) November 22, 2013
And some think that even if this is the last time KG plays here, that doesn't mean Wolves fans have seen the last of him:
If tonight is KG's last game at Target Center, I think he'll be around later. Still convinced he'll take on minority ownership. #twolves
-- Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) November 22, 2013
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