Following Kevin Garnett’s retirement from the Minnesota Timberwolves last week after 21 seasons in the NBA, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has given the 2008 NBA champion an open post-retirement invitation to pursue coaching in Cleveland.
Although Garnett never imagined himself coaching, the Cavs’ coach said he is making Garnett to consider it while his wife is pushing for it a lot. “Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach,” Lue said following practice Thursday. “He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back, ’I might do it,’ but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
Garnett was a 15-time All-Star, was named NBA MVP in 2004, was a 9-time All-NBA Team, 12-time All-Defensive Team and won a championship with the Celtics in 2008. He finished his career third in all-time minutes, fifth in games played, ninth in total rebounds, 11th in made field goals, 16th in steals and 17th in blocked shots.
Lue said he would like to have his close friend join him in Cleveland as Garnett already promised to attend the Cavs’ game on Oct. 25. The two had worked together previously in Boston where Lue said the former league MVP’s attitude and professionalism were inspiring.
Meanwhile, Speculations are also abound that Garnett is already committed to the Clippers as he was seen last Thursday in the Clippers practice. L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who was Garnett’s coach in Boston when he played there, told ESPN that he would always have a spot in the Clippers. He said he is already thinking up ways to bring him into the fold with the Clippers.
“I’m going to offer him something,” Rivers said earlier this month. “I don’t want to say too much right now. I just know he’d be a great asset to any team.”
It looks like Kevin Garnett’s life after retirement will be pretty busy after all.
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