HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors


March 5, 2015 Updates
March 4, 2015 Updates

Ricky Rubio's first game with Kevin Garnett was not Garnett's return to the Timberwolves at Target Center on Feb. 25. The first time they shared the court came in Los Angeles during the 2011-12, lockout-shortened season. "I was kind of scared, but he was on my team, so that was good," Rubio said. "Sometimes he was on the other team, and I didn't even look at him. I was scared. He was talking trash even in a pickup game." As labor-management issues were being resolved, Rubio and Garnett were in L.A. to stay in shape along with fellow NBA players such as Paul Pierce, Reggie Jackson and others. Garnett's first impression of Rubio was his high intelligence on the court. St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 3, 2015 Updates

Although Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett showered each other with praise before Monday's game between the Clippers and Timberwolves, Austin Rivers wasn't as complimentary late in the fourth quarter, when both players received double technicals for jawing at each other. With 3:23 left in the game and the Clippers leading the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97, Rivers looked like he intentionally bumped Garnett as he walked back to the Clippers bench. Garnett then elbowed him and pointed at him, and Rivers got in Garnett's face before both were given a technical foul. "I thought Austin should have punched him, personally," Doc Rivers said with a smile after the game. ESPN.com

Kevin Garnett, the Big Ticket, has bought 1,000 tickets to give away to Timberwolves fans for Monday’s home game at Target Center vs. the Los Angeles Clippers as a way to say thanks to fans for their warm welcome upon his return to the team last week. “The response and support I’ve received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been unbelievable,” Garnett, acquired in a trade with Brooklyn, said in a statement released Sunday morning by the team. “As a gesture of thanks, I would like to treat some fans to Monday night’s game against the Clippers. Love you all, and thanks for the love. Enjoy the game on me.” Fredericksburg.com

March 2, 2015 Updates

Kevin Garnett bought 1,000 tickets for the Timberwolves' game against the Clippers Monday night. It took fans less than three minutes to claim them. The first 500 to claim tickets got a pair of seats courtesy of the player known as "The Big Ticket," who played his first game back in Minnesota Feb. 25 after a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. "It's a way of showing my appreciation," Garnett said. "I'm always looking to be innovative and try things from an original standpoint. I'm excited to be back here, and I can't thank everybody. In appreciation, I can show some type of gesture, and this is the way I tried to show it." St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 1, 2015 Updates

Minnesota is headed for another draft lottery. But the development of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammad, and even Anthony Bennett could be enhanced by even a short time playing with Garnett. “I will say it does feel like full circle,” he said. “But coming back I feel like I have not only something to give but I’m experienced. I’ve seen different organizations on how they do things. Hopefully one day in the near future, I don’t know — the next five, 10 years — I’m into management, I’m into ownership, and I want to experience some of those same things if not bring those same things to whatever franchise I’m dealing with. If I was going to waive my no-trade [clause] it was going to be just for this. It wasn’t going to be . . . I know you heard the talks of me and Doc [Rivers] getting back together, I had no added incentives to do that. Boston Globe

February 27, 2015 Updates
February 26, 2015 Updates

"We had no idea we were going to take him in the first round," McHale, vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, says. "I didn't even want to go see him. I thought it was a waste of time. Then we went, and Flip Saunders [then Minnesota's general manager] and I were in the car afterward, and we just looked at each other. I said, 'Wow, we're going to pick a high school kid in the first round.' It was that obvious. "This was our first draft. Flip and I were both new. Our owner was also new. How do you tell him that the first thing he's going to do is sign this high school kid? I think we figured if it went bad, we'd just say, 'Hey, it was our first draft. We didn't know what we were doing.'" Sports Illustrated

And when an overweight fan yanked off his shirt in the third quarter to reveal "Welcome Home, KG" written on his chest, Garnett laughed and tapped his chest to acknowledge it. "I had to give him a big shoutout," Garnett said. "That was probably one of the craziest things I've seen in 15 years." USA Today Sports

Saunders acquired Garnett to push Wiggins, LaVine and others on professionalism and defense, an effort that began with Garnett's first practice the day before. Garnett arrived 90 minutes early, before any other player, and his intensity startled his new teammates. Twice, Garnett yelled at veteran center Nikola Pekovic for not getting back on defense. "He yelled at a couple of young guys, too," said guard Ricky Rubio. "I don't know how to do it yet. I'm too nice. So I hope he teaches me that bad side." USA Today Sports

The Timberwolves sold more than 6,000 individual game tickets since Thursday, according to spokesman Brad Ruiter, who also attributed most of 400 new season tickets sold since the All-Star break to Garnett. "We think we'll sell most of our single-game tickets for the rest of the year," T'wolves President Chris Wright said. "People want to see K.G. before he goes." USA Today Sports

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

"I figure if LeBron can go home, then -- shhhh--! -- why can't I?" Garnett said Tuesday at Target Center, his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves underway at an afternoon news conference. NBA.com

"This is probably the most talent on this team since the Timberwolves been assembled," said Garnett, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2004 when he led Minnesota to the Western Conference finals. "The talent on here is endless. ... I feel like they've got the tools to be whatever they want to be for the future. I want to help with that transition." NBA.com

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