Thibodeau has a strong relationship with Timberwolves’ legend Kevin Garnett, who plans to play another season with the team. Garnett has had aspirations of joining the team’s ownership group upon retirement. Thibodeau and Garnett were part of Boston’s 2008 NBA championship team.
Garnett appears to be in a retrospective mood these days, posting photos present and very past almost daily to his Instagram account. Wolves owner Glen Taylor last month said Garnett told him he wants to play next season because he thinks the Wolves will be a playoff team. “His heart and his head say he wants to be here,” Taylor said. “His body may be telling him he might not be able to do that.”
Darren Wolfson: Spoke w/ Glen Taylor yesterday. On KG's future: "You'd have to ask him, but from everything he's told me, he wants to be (back)." #twolves
Much of his decision seems to be tied to how Kevin Garnett opts to handle his own future. The two often talked about retiring together, and Pierce admittedly will have a tough call to make if Garnett hangs up his size 15’s. “I would definitely probably think about it,” said Pierce. “I never know what KG is going to do, because he said he was going to retire four or five years ago,” he said. “Every year he says he’s done, and every year he keeps coming back. It would be great.”
So great, Pierce already has the celebration picked out. “Maybe we’ll go to an island and celebrate with our families. Have a couple of Cuban cigars. I’ve never been to Cuba, but now I can go. But we talk. We text at least once a week,” he said. “I’ll ask him this week. The season is coming to an end.”
Kevin Garnett is “no lock” to play next season, as many people close to him aren’t sure whether or not he intends to do so, Wolfson says in the same podcast. In July, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune raised the specter of Garnett moving into a front office position with the Timberwolves next season if he’s not healthy enough to play. Garnett, who turns 40 in May, has appeared in 38 of Minnesota’s 50 games this year and is set to make $8MM in 2016/17 on the two-year contract he signed this past summer.
Darren Wolfson on Kevin Garnett playing next season: "Many people close to Garnett, unsure of his intentions at this point."
August 3, 2021 | 8:36 am EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: Evan Fournier gave his agent strict instructions: No middle-of-the-night calls in Japan to talk free agency. He woke up this morning here, was presented with options, called Tom Thibodeau and that was that. “I’m glad it’s over,” the newest New York Knick said.
Gary Washburn: Evan Fournier said his first intention was to re-sign with #Celtics: “That was my priority going into the summer. Because I knew the place. I talked to Brad and we couldn’t get a deal done, obviously. I was more inclined to sign there because they traded for me.” Story to come
Ben Golliver: France’s Nicolas Batum on whether Clippers/Mavericks playoff series can help in Olympic semifinals versus Luka Doncic & Slovenia: “We can’t bring Kawhi [Leonard] to the next game. It’s going to be different. This is a different team.”
Do you think we can finally retire all the tropes about Giannis? Like the things James Harden said about him? Is it time to get rid of that? Candace Parker: Yes and no. I think results do define legacy for some people. But at the same time: when you do it again? That’s different. People can still talk junk right now. Kawhi [Leonard] messed up his knee and he was out and the Clippers lost. Giannis messed up his knee and I don’t know how he came back from that. Every doctor I talked to said that’s a [torn] ACL and he should be done, yet he comes back and wins the championship. But is he a different player? He’s not different! He’s still doing the same thing! For now, it’s alright. But Brooklyn, man? Brooklyn’s waiting next year.
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An 18-year-old Milwaukee man is charged after authorities say he fired a handgun into the air near the Deer District as hundreds of fans were celebrating the Milwaukee Bucks victory in the NBA Finals. The man was charged last week with being a felon in possession of a firearm and disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon, according to a criminal complaint made public Monday.