Kevin Garnett is one of the guys who always showed high energy and great tenacity in the game of basketball. After 21 years in the NBA, The Big Ticket has finally made it official that he’s retiring from the league.
Just like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Garnett also jumped directly from high school to the NBA and in 21 years of playing, Garnett had made a very huge impact as one of the league’s superstars. No one could doubt that he’s bound for a Hall of Fame seat.
Garnett posted Friday a farewell video on his Instagram account just four days before the Minnesota Timberwolves are set to open their training camp.
“I’m just thankful. I can’t even put that into words,” Garnett says. “I’m just thankful. I’m just thankful for everybody and the love. I never would have thought that people love me like this. But, for it to be reality is just something else, man. Man.”
In an article published by The Guardian, the 40-year old big man will be waived by the Timberwolves and will collect his entire $8 million salary for next season. The same deal the San Antonio Spurs made with Duncan.
“It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement.
“I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.”
Before Garnett, two greats also decided to call it quits this season, Kobe and Tim Duncan. For two decades, the three soon-to-be hall of famers had their names imprinted in the history of NBA. Aside from having a superstar status, they also left the league as champions.
The Big Ticket emerged from the 1995 draft with the 5th overall pick. He stayed with the Timberwolves until 2008 where he won a championship with the Boston Celtics. He was a 15-time All-Star and the league’s MVP in 2004.
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