Kevin Garnett’s loyalty remains with Sam Mitchell as Timberwolves’ former coach. According to the latest NBA rumors, the team’s decision to fire Mitchell might influence the player to retire soon.
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward endorsed Sam Mitchell as the team coach in early 2016. Garnett believed that his long-time friend possessed the right coaching skills they needed.
In fact, he felt excited during the time he introduced Mitchell months ago. He even looked forward to a better future with his team under the coach’s care.
Their bond as friends was strong both on and off the court. They did things together like the other friends do. They’ve been team mates in the past, NBC previously noted. That being said, Garnett felt comfortable playing with Mitchell on the side.
However, the team implemented changes under the supervision of the new GM Scott Layden in May. These included departures of former GM Milt Newton and vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander.
In addition to the management change, a new coach was hired. Tom Thibodeau, who was a Celtics assistant, replaced Kevin Garnett’s endorsed coach Sam Mitchell.
Consequently, Timberwolves’ center was left troubled with the decision whether to retire or not. Dan Feldman of NBC reported that Kevin Garnett was affected with the team’s choice of firing his close friend from coaching the team.
Mitchell revealed that Garnett was hurt with the situation as he’s very sensitive and loyal to them. “And to be honest with you, I don’t know how he’s going to deal with that, because Kevin takes that stuff personal,” he said during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Being able to handle these things properly was what Mitchell expected from him. For now, his decision whether to continue the game under Minnesota Timberwolves or not remained a big question.
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