NBA forward Kevin Garnett has joined fellow future hall of famers Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in the retirement block as he announced that the 2015-16 season was already his last. Based on reports, after the NBA player had reached a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, Garnett had also announced his retirement from the league.
And as news about his announcement made the usual internet rounds, tributes and messages from fans, teammates and rivals began to pour in. This included a short yet, meaningful message from Bryant, who was able to encapsulate everything he wanted to tell Garnett in one short Tweet.
Kevin Garnett was drafted in 1995, while Kobe joined the NBA in 1996. At the height of their career, the two players were considered the face of the NBA, constantly demanding the best from their teams at that time.
Garnett and Bryant were also part of the legendary finals showdown between the Lakers and Celtics in 2008 and 2010. They left both series fittingly with one win apiece, signifying their foothold in the league and as two of the greatest NBA player in history.
Adam Silver recognizes Kevin Garnett impact on NBA
Kobe was not the only one who gave a touching tribute to Garnett. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also recognized the achievements and contribution of the future Hall of Famer.
”Kevin Garnett is one of the fiercest competitors our league has ever seen,” Silver disclosed in a statement. ”He held himself to the highest standard of preparation and performance for a remarkable 21 seasons. On behalf of the NBA family, I thank Kevin for his sustained excellence and the enormous impact he’s had on the game.”
The Big Ticket also shared a video directed to fans, thanking them for the support and “love.”
”I’m just thankful. I never would’ve thought people loved me like this,” Garnett says in the video below. “We going to be all right, man. I don’t expect this to be easy, but so far, so good. Stay tuned.”
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