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5 Intreaging Questions About Kevin Garnett

1995nbadraftboardSeveral reports have circulated that Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves have come to a contract settlement for the purpose of Garnett’s retirement. I am not a huge NBA fan, more of a casual NBA fan. I started reading several different articles about Garnett and his overall NBA career. As I was doing so, as a casual NBA fan, I had some questions that I would like to pose to you wither you are a casual or a die hard NBA fan about the career of one Kevin Garnett. I would love to have fan interaction, so if you so choose, answer any or all the questions below for a discussion on Kevin Garnett and the NBA as a whole.


garnett1995draftDid Kevin Garnett give kids permission to choose money over education? Before some of you go crazy about the way I worded the question, let me assure you that the way it appears above was like the third draft and much nicer that it first was drawn up. But, it is absolutely true. Garnett did not register for college and then got an agent like the high school kids do now. Garnett could not qualify academically for college. But, he was a good basketball player. NBA scouts wanted him and he was drafted 5th, to a team who had never won more than 30 games and 21 years go the Timberwolves, who drafted him, had only been in existence for 5 seasons. So, Garnett can not say he skipped college to win right away. And if you don’t think he paved the way for other kids to make the same decision then you must also think it is just coinsidence that Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O’Neal did the same a year later, then Tracy McGrady the year the after that.

Photo by Jon SooHoo/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jon SooHoo/NBAE via Getty Images


Is making the postseason often, enough to be a Hall of Fame player? I hear people use the argument all the time that in order to be elite, and considered one of the greats you must win a championship. He was drafted in 1995 and did not make the play-offs for the 95 or 96 season, but he did for the next 8 seasons. In all he spent 13 seasons with the Timberwolves and never won an NBA title. In the 2001-02 season the Timberwolves again reached the play-offs and had a good regular season, but for the 7th consecutive season the Timberwolves were defeated in the 1st round of the play-offs. So yes, the Garnett lead Timberwolves frequently made it to the play-offs, but they almost as frequently were defeated in the 1st round. Garnett and the Timberwolves only reached the Western Conference Finals once, and they lost that game. That was as close as he ever got with the Timberwolves. Some of you are turning red faced right now as you continue to read this, and some are screaming, “The Timberwolves could not win, because all they ever had was Garnett.” And you would be right……partially. This leads me to question #3.


garnett-1995Did Kevin Garnett actually keep the Timberwolves from winning the NBA title? In 1997, Garnett agreed to what at the time was an unheard-of $126 million contract extension to be paid over the course of six years. The enormous size of Garnett’s contract was considered, by numerous sports writers, a major cause of labor tensions between players and owners that led to a lockout which shortened the 1998-99 NBA season. But, before those of you “he never had anyone around him” people throw your computers, keep reading. In the 2003-04 campaign, when the Wolves won a franchise-record 58 games and found their way to the Western Conference Finals. Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell came aboard that year to help push the Wolves over the postseason hump. The only thing that changed was that they did not loose in the 1st round. In the off-season that followed, in my opinion, Garnett’s greed cost him and his team another shot at an NBA Title. Sprewell turned down a $21 million contract in the summer of 2004 because he had “a family to feed.” Remind you of anyone who signed a ridiculous contract with huge repercussions? Then the Minnesota front office traded away Cassell to avoid getting hampered with the contract of an older, oft-injured player. Therefore, even with Garnett still in Minnesota, they failed to make the play-offs for the next 3 seasons.

Question #4

Was Kevin Garnett an Overrated, Overpaid player? Again, before you start screaming, look at the facts. In the lockout-shortened season the wally_kgWolves were defeated in the first round again, this time losing 3–1 to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs who were led by young superstar Tim Duncan. So, a team lead by a rookie, soundly beat a team lead by Kevin Garnett? Like a bad informercial, but wait, there’s more.  In the 1999-2000 NBA season, Assisted by sharpshooting rookie forward Wally Szcerbiak and steady veteran Terrell Brandon, the Wolves posted a franchise-best 50–32 record, but succumbed in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers again winning only 1 game. So in two years, two of his “prime” years he won two play-off games and was beat by a rookie and even when he had help was beat again. So I’ll ask you again, was Kevin Garnett an overrated, overpaid player? Then he went to Boston and played for them from 2007-2013. He joined the trio dubbed as “The Big Three” as a reflection of  an earlier trio in Boston of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale,and Robert Parish as he joined Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. That trio won 1 Championship together, I think the trio they were compared to won a few more than that. In fact, besides the year they won it all, they only made it to the finals one other time. He was traded to a near perfect scenario, and yet still only won one championship and only appeared in one other one from 2007-2013. Overratted? plus he earned another $64 million with the Celtics, Overpaid?garnetteceltics

Question #5

Why did the Timberwolves want him back? On February 19, 2015, Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause in order to be traded back to garnettbackminnMinnesota (from the Nets) where in the final 26 games of the season, he played in 5 of them. On July 11, 2015, Garnett re-signed with the Timberwolves to a two-year deal. In 2015 Garnett appeared in 38 of the team’s first 45 games of the season before missing the entire second half of the season with a right knee injury. He again was suppose to be a leader for a young, yet talented team. But, much like the first time he was with Minnesota, they never made the play-offs. Loyalty is nice, but success is better.

In my opinion, Kevin Garnett, and other players like him are what is wrong with the NBA and sports in general. They are uneducated, self-centered, greedy people who ruin sports with their actions. After you have considered the 5 questions objectively, do you agree? Let me hear from you, feel free to comment below.

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