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Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Agents sponsoring grassroots teams eventually became commonplace, but Miller was considered an innovator. After luring Garnett and landing Telfair in 2004 and Monta Ellis in 2005, other agents started pouring into the grassroots scene. “Everyone was looking for the next Kobe,” St. Joseph’s Coach Phil Martelli said of the agents. “And it polluted the game.” Throughout the 2000s, agent involvement in the grassroots scene morphed into a full-blown trend, as backroom deals led to college and agent recruiting pipelines and runners began ingratiating themselves with the families of prospects during their freshman and sophomore years of high school. “There is agent involvement even before we make the first recruiting call, in the spring of 10th grade,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. “They’re there. They’re involved. They’ve identified the top prospects before we have. I’ve had runners call or text me saying, ‘Have you seen this ninth grader in Chicago?’ ”
KG: I talked to Russ a couple times about personal s–t—real recognize real—but I respect his talent. I respect his appetite. We have a similar background. We have a similar path, if you will. I played with guys like Steph [Marbury] when we were super best friends, and he left, and that left an immediate mark and impacted me in a certain way that I looked at teammates different after that. The ones that stuck—Malik [Sealy], Sam Mitchell, Joe Smith, Gary Trent, Trenton Hassell, Troy Hudson—those guys became real friends with me after that because of that situation.
KG: Thon Maker reminds me a lot of myself. He loves the game. He’s a young, exuberant athlete who has a lot of tools—he has touch; he has agility; he has really, good feet. He has a really good shot from three-point all the way up to 19 to 21 feet. He has very good bones, as we say.
Bleacher Report: There’s been a lot of talk lately of the one-and-done rule being altered. You were one of the first to jump from high school. Do you see the eligibility rules being changed again? Kevin Garnett: No, I don’t see the rule changing. And if I do see the rule changing, the rule is going to be changed not for the betterment of college [players]. I think they would try to get the kids to stay a little longer. I think kids leaving early out of high school hurts the college game. You can do it in tennis; you can do it any other sport, leave early, but basketball [is] the most impactful game, the most recognizable game—so I understand the control or the ability to try and control it. Players are going to find ways to get through it, loop[hole] it.
B/R: Most people wouldn’t have imagined a show from you as one of your retirement scenarios. What appealed to you about it? KG: I’ll be honest. It wasn’t something I, in the beginning, looked at as an option or something that I wanted to do. I heard A-Rod say this: He wanted to be a baseball player and a CEO. I’m following the same lines as that. I always wanted to build something—something that was mine—and obviously, I wanted to become a basketball player, and that was my dream. So, after the game was over, I was looking to be more into business, and when it was brought to me, I was kind of shocked. I’m not sitting up here saying that I had a bad relationship with the media or anything, but I could hear the whispers about me not doing certain things or I wasn’t always the one to jump to an interview. So, I didn’t know what the crossover would be. … I’ve enjoyed it a lot, man—it’s nothing short of eventful.
Ryan Ward: Brook Lopez sets milestone with the 1000th block of his NBA career. He is now one of only eight players, including Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Rasheed Wallace, and Chris Webber, to have 10k points, 4k rebounds, 1k blocks, and 150 three-pointers, according to #Lakers PR
In the end, the Celtics certainly made out, but during Thursday night’s telecast, Garnett – who possessed a no-trade clause – revealed that he didn’t need too much convincing to accept the trade to Brooklyn. “I think the time that we were all in Boston had served its time,” Garnett said after recalling that his approval was needed for the trade. “We were all moving. I think Ray [Allen] went to Miami the previous year. Paul [Pierce] and I and [Rajon] Rondo—we all knew that at some point, we were all gonna go to different places. “I had family in New York at the time, and it just seemed like it was perfect for me,” he added. “It was a good opportunity for me. Brooklyn was a year-and-a-half of a good experience. New York is never a dull moment, it was good for me, it was good for my family and it worked out.”