Kevin Garnett is back in the NBA. But he won’t be talking trash to current NBA players but helping in the training of the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to reports, Garnett, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics, has officially signed as club consultant for the Clippers. The bulk of his task will be in helping L.A.’s big men, particularly DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
“Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Besides him cussing me out, we played against each other. He’s a great spirit and a great basketball mind, a Hall of Fame guy. Someone I looked up to coming up and even playing against. So any pointers he can give me, or tips, it’s great. I just want to be a student when he’s here,” Jordan said about the Clippers’ new hire via ESPN.
Garnett’s legendary ‘trash-talk’ and intensity to help the Clippers
Clippers assistant head coach Mike Woodson also confirmed the move to tap Garnett. Woodson said that the former pro “brings so much to the table” and “so much to offer for the game of basketball.
“I mean, you [got to] take experience in terms of what KG’s done. I’m happy he’s a part of our family now. He’s always been a part of Doc’s family. And I just think as we move forward, he’s going to help DJ a lot,” Woodson added.
“I mean, all of our players. I mean, KG is going to be a Hall of Famer one day. And I think all the experience he’s put out on the basketball floor, if these guys are willing to listen and learn, they will benefit in the long run.”
According to other reports, Garnett won’t be exclusively working as consultant for the Clippers. Darren Wolfson from 5 Eyewitness state that “KG” will be working with the Milwaukee Bucks and possibly with his former team, the Timberwolves.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) January 10, 2017
Garnett won the NBA title with current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers when they were with the Celtics. He is considered one of the best power forwards in the history of he game making the All-Star squad 15 times and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2004. Garnett retired from the league after last season after his “homecoming” to the Timberwolves.
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