Tom Westerholm: Wyc Grousbeck on Kevin Garnett in a statement from the team: “He will always be one of my very favorite Celtics. … He was the true embodiment of Celtics pride."
Brian Robb: Kevin Garnett on his upcoming jersey retirement: “I’m honored and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics. I will always have immense respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!”
Mark Murphy: Stevens on KG, about to be nominated for Hall of Fame: "He had huge impact on everybody left over on my staff because he was so good to all those coaches, and all the players left over as well that played with him. They always pointed to him as the best leader they’d been around.
Three all-time greats retired last year: Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. The Spurs already retired Duncan’s number. The Lakers will put both of Kobe’s numbers into the rafters next month. When will the Timberwolves follow suit with Garnett? Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, via Derek Wetmore of 1500ESPN: “For our part, we have invited KG to do that numerous times,” Taylor said in a radio interview with 1500ESPN. “So I think it’s just waiting for KG to feel comfortable doing that. For whatever reason, he’s been a little bit silent on that issue. But I’m sure it’ll happen. We’re not pushing but we sure have told him that the door is open and we look forward to that time.”
BEFORE YOU GO, DID YOU GIVE ANY THOUGHT TO GETTING BACK OUT THERE ON THE COURT, MAYBE PLAYING IN THE BIG3? Kevin Garnett: Before I walked away from the Timberwolves, I was prepared to play a couple years. So when I walked away from that, I hung my shoes up for good and put the glass on it. And I have not had an itch to be out there at all. So, no. Ice Cube’s people called me from the 3-on-3 — 3-on-3 doesn’t do it for me, bruh, I’m sorry.
Darren Wolfson: Trade deadline aside, Taylor told me he and Thibs have communicated to KG that whenever he wants they'd like to retire his jersey. #Twolves
Eric Nehm: Kevin Garnett making an appearance at @Milwaukee Bucks practice again today. pic.twitter.com/9Joc4n9tfx
Despite Garnett’s role working with the Clippers big men, Rivers, for one, does not envision him making the transition to coaching. “He’s so intense. I don’t think he could do it,” Rivers said. “ ‘No’ would be the answer. What he’s doing is perfect because he has a lot to teach and he’s a good teacher.”
“Of course, he’s my brother,” Towns said when asked if his teammate last season [Kevin Garnett] still offers advice, if from long distance. “We’ve kept in touch a lot, there’s always communication going on with him. He’s amazing. His leadership qualities obviously translate even without him having to put the shoes on.”
“Kevin Garnett is hired in here as a consultant, so I'm sure he'll be in and out when it presents itself for him to work with our guys,” said assistant coach Mike Woodson. “I think when he's here, it's important for our bigs to take advantage of him being out here on the floor, because he brings so much to the table and has so much to offer for the game of basketball.”
“I'm happy he's part of our family now,” Woodson said. “He's always been part of Doc's family, and I just think as we move forward it's going to help DJ a lot. I mean, all of our bigs. KG is going to be a Hall of Famer one day and I think all the experience that he's put out on the basketball floor, if these guys are willing to listen and learn, they will benefit in the long run."
Bill Oram: KG with the Clippers today was in official capacity as a consultant, a deal signed this week. Training camp was just a visit.
Rowan Kavner: KG not wasting any time, working with DJ in the post before practice pic.twitter.com/f7LqQjD9O5
For a brief moment in between his tenure with the Boston Celtics and the trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Garnett apparently considered retiring from the NBA, enrolling at college, living in a dorm and having Showtime document the whole thing. On a podcast with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (around the 30-minute mark), The Vertical's Chris Mannix told the story. "When it ended in Boston, he thought he was done," Mannix said. "Like, he thought it was going to end there. Paul [Pierce] had to talk him into the trade to Brooklyn. He was on a plane to China with the head of Showtime Sports, and he went up to this guy -- Stephen Espinoza is this guy's name, he went up to Stephen and said, 'I've got an idea for a show. How about I go to college?' You know, K.G. comes out of high school, never went to college. He wanted to go to college, live in the dorm and let Showtime shoot it." "He said he wanted to go to class," Mannix added. "He said he wanted to do the whole thing. He said he wanted the whole nine."
Eric Nehm: Kevin Garnett in the building at Bucks practice. Here he is chatting with Giannis and Thon after practice. pic.twitter.com/WjtV7hBfhO
Allen turned down a two-year, $12 million contract offer from the Celtics so he could sign with the Heat in July 2012. Pierce said that he was blindsided by Allen’s decision and the news stung primarily because he was leaving to join an Eastern Conference rival. LeBron James and the Heat actually eliminated Allen and the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. “That was a tough situation because we thought it was betrayal,” Pierce said. “That’s why the whole thing evolved like it did with us not talking to him. Ray didn’t really have the best relationship with Rondo anyway. That was nothing. [Rondo], me and Kevin, he didn’t have any talk with us [before his Miami decision]. I tried to call him and I didn’t get any return calls before he signed with Miami. That was our rival. We were brothers. We came in together. We just wanted a heads-up or a ‘what’s on your mind?’ or something like. Then, all of a sudden, he left. That was the biggest disappointment on my end. Not even getting a callback at that moment.”
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau and young star Karl-Anthony Towns can’t wait for the interplay between Garnett and the Thursday night crew featuring Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson. “It’s such a great show and when you add Kevin into the mix, it’ll get even better,” said Thibodeau, who as a Boston assistant coached Garnett for three seasons. “It’s hard to believe it could get better, but it will. That’s sort of who Kevin is. He knows how to fit in, but he also knows how to add. He’ll add a lot to it. It’ll be very interesting. Those guys are all good guys. Kevin is a great fit for them. I’m looking forward to it.”
Garnett taught Towns the NBA game during his rookie year last season when both were on the Wolves’ roster. “It’s different, I was surprised,” Towns said. “I texted KG myself and told him I was surprised. I can’t wait to watch. It’s going to be must-watch TV. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to play our first game on TNT so we can have KG talk about us.”
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett's presence at Clippers training camp: "KG was phenomenal today. This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and the young guys as well. It's great to have him around. He's a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He'll be really good for us."
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers said he doesn't foresee KG accepting a coaching job this season: "I don't think he wants to coach. He's not that crazy. Who would ever want to do that? ... There's no way that's going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This [situation] is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I'm good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us."
Jovan Buha: Paul Pierce believes anyone -- even established stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan -- can learn from Kevin Garnett: "Anybody can pick up something from an all-time great. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So, whenever you've got somebody that can come in and share some valuable experience, it's a plus. Unless you're already sitting on the sidelines with five championships and 15 All-Star [appearances], and stuff like that, you probably don't want to hear nothing. But, when you have a guy like Kevin who was the greatest at his position, when he talks, you want to listen."
"I talked to him about it," Lue said Thursday, following practice. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back, 'I might do it,' but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach." Lue said Garnett would be in Cleveland for the Cavs' opening night ceremonies Oct. 25, which will include the raising of the franchise's first championship banner and presentation of rings.
And after that? "He says he'll be around a lot. We'll see." Garnett, 40, is a year older than Lue, 39. Lue was an assistant coach on Doc Rivers' bench during Garnett's last four years with the Boston Celtics. Garnett won a championship with the Cs in 2008 and is a former NBA MVP. He is also among the pioneers of the high school-to-NBA movement, which includes LeBron James.
"He was just like LeBron," Lue said. "One of the easiest guys to coach as far as being a superstar, as far as telling him what to do, they would do it. If they didn't like what you were doing, they'd call you out to the side and tell you. They'd never call you out in front of everybody. Just having respect for everybody from the janitor to the owner. That's our motto."
Jason Lloyd: Ty Lue says he'll make a spot on #Cavs coaching staff if good friend Kevin Garnett wants to coach. KG's wife pushing for it. KG undecided
Nick Friedell: Rajon Rondo on Kevin Garnett retiring: "He's one of the best that's ever played the game. He's hanging his hat up and he's had a hell of a career and I wish him the best in whatever he's doing next."
Tim MacMahon: Dirk Nowitzki on retiring rival Kevin Garnett: "KG and I had a few battles just because he was so intense, and he was a competitor, the fiercest competitor. He always wanted to win, always wanted to get an edge on you early. He tried to intimidate you at times, but that was just his style. I have nothing but respect for him and what he did for this league. He was probably one of the best all-around players this league has ever seen. ... It's been fun to compete against him. At times, we got into it a little bit, but it's just because both guys wanted to win. That was his style – intensity. He had a passion for the game that was incredible."
Erik Horne: Steven Adams reflecting on Kevin Garnett's retirement. Said he pulled the "no English" card when KG tried to talk to him: pic.twitter.com/uUVgisG4vb
"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful. "He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Kevin Garnett has been released by Minnesota on NBA waivers. Official end to an iconic 21-year career.
Would you be surprised to see him on television as an NBA analyst? Jimmy Jam: No, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on TV. I would enjoy seeing him on TV. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to sit with him to watch a basketball game, but it’s hilarious. It’s unbelievable. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did that. Ownership, he expressed an interest in that. But it’s too bad with Flip passing away. It was a great plan that Flip had. The initial plan was to bring him back, give him the ropes of ownership. I think he still is interested in that. He has never expressed one definitive thing that he wants to do. That’s why I said there is no rush to me. I’m sure he’s made plans and there are things he wants to do.
Jeff Zillgitt: NBPA executive director Michele Roberts' statement on Kevin Garnett: "Kevin Garnett will go down as one of the greatest competitors in the history of our sport. His hard work and dedication to the game night in and night out made him one of the most complete players in the NBA. KG brought an unparalleled intensity to the court, that led him to an MVP award, Defensive Player of the Year award, and later a championship in Boston. He has left an indelible mark on the game that has and will continue to inspire a generation to follow in his footsteps."
Rivers, who once declared Garnett his favorite player to coach, said he has spoken with Garnett about Minnesota's decision to orchestrate a buyout for the 15-time All-Star, who announced his farewell Friday. "He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?' "I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.
Karl Anthony Towns: Thank you for everything my brother. You know how much I'm gonna miss playing with you and just simply having you around. Congrats on having one of the greatest careers the game has ever seen. We talked. I know what I must do. I'll take it from here.
Rajon Rondo: I want to congratulate my brother on 21 seasons. He changed the game. Broke records. Won. Sacrificed. Gave his blood, sweat, and tears. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for what you've done and will continue to do for the game. Thank you for everything. Legend. G.O.A.T. My Brother.
Chris Paul: The first 3 times I ever played against you we both were called for double techs...I'll never forget what you said to me my rookie year during the jump ball to start the game in OKC(I was an awe, but you changed that real quick lol)...I've never hated playing against someone so much but also wanted them to be my teammate as much as you! Hate that we never got that chance but I appreciate you more than you'll ever know as a competitor and I wish you and the the fam the best in what's next in store in life!!! #ThankYou #BigTicket
LeBron James: I mean where do I start. First watching you play at the Solon Cage Classic in Ohio with Team Michigan when u were in HS, I believe I was 10 years old and I was like dang this dude nice!! Then a lil time passed and u were drafted straight out of HS to the pros so I felt like man whoever get him is a lucky team. And I surely wasn't wrong! The KID nickname was fly, swaged out and made a 10 year old kid from Akron believe he could run with the big boys himself! Fast forward 8 years later that kid you inspired entered the draft fresh out of HS as well. Thank you!! Competing vs you in whatever uniform u were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive trait u had. Passion and commitment to just compete every single possession. U showed me what it took and we never played on the same team(All-Star games is different). Thank you! Congratulations to The Big Ticket on a helluva career! HOF is your next stop to cap it all off, the cherry on top!! 1 Love
Dwight Howard: KG. My favorite player ever. Thank you for inspiring me. Im going to miss all the scraps and fights we had on the court. But I will never forget the talk we had after you head butted me lol. But thank you for the memories. My two favorite KG moments of All-Time are when you caught the one handed rebound and dunked it back in and pointed to the sky. The other moment is watching you win the title and say "Anything Is Possible". My favorite commercial is when u was running around the world putting everybody on your back. There will never be another Big Ticket. Again KG THANK YOU. RIGHT 💯💯
“Everything changed the day Kevin arrived in Boston.” Wyc Grousbeck, managing partner and co-owner of the Boston Celtics, couldn’t have said it any better than with those eight words.
Everything changed when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge struck gold by acquiring Kevin Garnett, a 10-time All-Star and former league Most Valuable Player, from the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 31, 2007. Everything changed because Garnett wasn’t just an elite basketball player; he was also an elite leader, a man who shifted the culture of an entire organization in one fell swoop. “Very few players can affect an organization like Kevin did here in Boston, both on and off the court,” Ainge said Friday, the day of Garnett’s retirement from the NBA. “He led our team by example every day with his drive, his passion, and his relentless commitment to winning.”
“While always putting team ahead of individual,” Ainge said, “Kevin earned his place among the greatest players in Celtic and NBA history.” Garnett’s arrival in Boston changed everything for the Celtics. The lasting impact of his work ethic, his leadership and his team-first mentality still oozes from the walls of the team’s facility. He was the driving force behind the restoration of Celtic Pride, and that pride has not waned since his exit from the team during the summer of 2013.
Marc J. Spears: "KG said,‘I want to retire when I'm 30, 'because he watched the way Kevin McHale walked around," @flytetymejam upcoming in @TheUndefeated.
Anthony Tolliver: Kobe is one of the greatest...TD is the best PF of all time...but KG holds a special place in my basketball nostalgia! Pleasure playing against you #BigTicket
Devin Booker: Thank you big ticket for everything you've done for the game. Also for reminding me @KarlTowns is the only ROTY multiple times..😂😂. #Legend
Enes Kanter: KG finally retiring and joining his knees, retired 6 years ago. 😂😂 #Respect #ThankYouKG https://t.co/SqsedYrSu0
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett today announced that he will retire after a 21-year NBA career, 13-plus of those with the Timberwolves. Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, culminated by an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2004. After being traded to Boston on July 31, 2007, Garnett led the Celtics to the NBA title the following season.
“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,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “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.”
Ricky Rubio: Thank you KG !!! Hands down one of the best to ever play this game. I learned what hard work really means. Great teammate. It was a dream come true to play next to you. What an amazing career the one you had. I enjoyed watching you play every single game. Thank you again BigTix 2️⃣1️⃣
Jared Sullinger: Always had my back regardless if you was in green or not. Thank you for everything you did.#5 #21 you will be missed https://t.co/G1IB3BMpaw
Jared Sullinger: First the Black Mamba.... then The Big Fundamental.... now the Big Ticket..... geeshhhhh. One hell of a HOF class....
Mike Conley: Salute to KG! 21 season as a fierce competitor. Congrats on a great career! https://t.co/LMy8VA2BTv
Jamal Crawford: KG, one of the players I always wanted to play with.. I always admired his love for the game, talent, and unselfishness.. #top10favplayerever
Jonas Jerebko: Kobe, Duncan and now KG.3 Legends that i grew up idolizing and competed against for 7 seasons in the league. #HOF #NBAlegends
ASM SPORTS: Thank you KG. Loved on & off the court, a role model, & one of the most influential players to ever play the game. #TeamASM #FamilyFirst pic.twitter.com/P6XOnihhQj
Wednesday night ESPN reporter Marc Stein tweeted that the Wolves and Garnett were in “advanced discussions’’ on a buyout that would end Garnett’s second stay with the team. Taylor said the report was an overreach, though it is possible that a buyout could be agreed to should Garnett decide he no longer wants to play. Garnett is under contract for $8 million this season.
September 29, 2020 | 4:04 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Rajon Rondo credited his belief in himself and confidence to be able to come back and play despite 6 months or so off the court due to the hiatus and then his fractured thumb. He’s played at his highest level in 2 years w/LAL since Game 1 vs. Houston.