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May 19, 2015 Updates

Glen Taylor believes Garnett could serve as a role model for Towns. “He was the first person that we drafted when we bought the team, and I just think that his ability to be there with these young guys is to motivate them and tell them how hard it is to work towards it and to get to the championship, which he has and we haven’t,” he said. “I think it will be a great thing.” ZagsBlog.com

Before addressing the Timberwolves’ needs in the NBA Draft, Chris Webber made a push for Kevin Garnett to become an owner of the franchise. “First of all before that, I would have to make KG an owner,” Webber, a Turner Sports analyst who played 15 season in the NBA, said Tuesday. “It would be attractive to come there and to have some sense of legacy.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

Kendrick Perkins: It was in a playoff game. So we were down 10 or something in the third, double figures, coming back in the fourth. I remember him coming back on the defensive end. And you know how you get into (a defensive stance), you want to get low, like before the man crosses halfcourt. He literally about crawled on the ground and got up off his knees, like "Let me see it!" that type of [thing]. It was like, damn. Tyronn Lue: A lot of people do all their howling on the court and they're faking just for attention, but what he does is genuine. So one day we were at his house and we were watching Puff Daddy's show Making the Band, and in one of the scenes, some new guys came in and were trying to sing and were trying to compete against the guys who had been there. And KG just got so hyped, "Motherf----r, you've got to stand up for yours! You've got to fight! Motherf----r, you've got to come together!" He's going crazy, he's sweaty. And he just head butts the wall and put a hole in the wall of his house. Bleacher Report

May 18, 2015 Updates

Glen Taylor: L.A. really wanted him. Well, I didn't know if I wanted him in the West. I thought I was getting better players. I thought L.A could not give me the players that Boston did. The Lakers offered a package built around multi-skilled forward Lamar Odom and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, a promising second-year player who would eventually become an All-Star. Odom had a history of flaky behavior, however, and Bynum was unproven. Bleacher Report

"He was kind of the first freak athlete like that, that could move and run and do all those things," says Toronto coach Dwane Casey. "He revolutionized the sport," Bosh, the Miami Heat star, says of Garnett, without hyperbole. "He was a young fella, being an All-Star, taking the rebound and pushing it down court and finishing with a dunk. I had never seen that before. So I was like, 'If I want to be in the NBA, I've got to do that.'" Garnett turns 39 Tuesday, and though his ferocity has not faded, his skills most surely have. He may play another season or two, but he has likely played his last truly meaningful game. Bleacher Report

LeBron James, No. 1 pick in 2003: For myself, KG and Kobe, they set the tone on guys coming straight to the league at that era, in the '90s where it was not the thing to do. In KG's fashion, for him being an 18-year-old kid…to do the things that he did, it was a positive reinforcement when I got to my decision time, that I could do it. Bleacher Report

Paul Pierce: One time, he asked [Joakim] Noah if he could rub through his hair, like a female or something.…And I know that kind of made [Noah] hot. And this was when Noah was a rookie, too. I remember Noah looked up to KG. He was like, 'Man, KG, I had your poster on my wall, I looked up to you, man.' And then [Garnett] just said something like that, and was like 'F--- you, Noah.' I was like, 'Whoa.' This kid fresh out of college, looks up to KG, just said he had his poster on the wall, and he tells him that! It crushed him. It crushed Noah. Bleacher Report

Jose Calderon: Everything started because I switched (onto Garnett on defense) once, and I contested one of his shots. And he made it. So he was kind of happy about it. So we went at each other. …The next possession he comes back and he's like, 'OK, let's do it again.'…I think after that, he looked at me differently, like, I stood up to him or whatever. After that, we have [had] a great relationship. Bleacher Report

Ron Klempner, NBPA general counsel: Coming out of the 1995 [CBA negotiations], the owners clearly did not get what they wanted, and they were looking for the first available opportunity to be able to go back in and get it. Garnett's contract provided them with all of the ammunition that they needed. Bleacher Report

May 15, 2015 Updates
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MR: Do you remember a time when you were a kid or maybe when you were at college when a player reached out to you in a way that meant something? NN: “Probably the first time I met Kevin Garnett. I met him when I was in high school. My AAU team used to practice at the Celtics’ facility, so I was able to meet KG on my way out of practice. He just told me, ‘Good luck with everything,’ and he gave me a couple words of advice. And that was probably one of the times where I felt influenced by someone that really did it, and it really motivates you and helps you.” NBA.com

April 20, 2015 Updates
April 16, 2015 Updates

Frustrated fans who purchased tickets after Garnett's acquisition wondered if Garnett was brought back merely as a public relations ploy to sell more tickets. Others questioned how he could pass a pre-trade physical when his knees were too sore for him to play. Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said the examination revealed nothing more than what they expected to see from a 38-year-old power forward who has played 20 years in the league. And Saunders saw no reason to try to rush the 38-year-old back in a season that was essentially lost in November when Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin all went out with major injuries. "His mentoring, that's why we brought him in here," Saunders said. "We didn't bring him here to sell tickets. ... If I had to do the deal over again, I'd do it in a second." ESPN.com

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