A lanky Kevin Garnett was standing on the free throw line. His bony face, chiseled cheekbones with extremely long arms and legs looks very intimidating. After missing his first free throw, KG pounded himself in the head seven times. If the ball could speak it could have cried foul.
55,000 minutes in the game, pulling more defensive rebounds than any other player in NBA history. His intensity is borderline insanity, his uncanny work ethic is unimaginable and he has been doing that for 21 years… Never resting and never letting up. KG treats every game like his life depends on it. But when there were no battles left to fight, and when the war is slowly fading. Finally, KG bids goodbye to basketball. Nobody wins when you battle against father time. He could have push for one more season with very limited minutes. But the drive wasn’t really there anymore.
KG’s Tribute to Flip
A picture of KG sitting down on a white hoodie, starring at Flip Saunders’ parking space after his mentor died battling lymphoma. It was cold and dark while he stares into the open space. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. With Flip Saunders gone and his closest buddy Sam Mitchell replaced as head coach. And while his usual competitors Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan retiring; KG becomes the lone old wolf.
The native of Mauldin, S.C. the versatile 6-foot-11 high school player who plays almost all position. Who was focusing on basketball while he was still young because it was too cold to go outside in the winter. The “Kid” which everyone fondly call has finally grown old. During 2003 while Jack McCallum interviewed him for Sports Illustrated. KG told Jack “Versatile players can win championships,” Garnett said, his sturdy jaw set. “I can win a championship that way.” No one at that time really believe him after a series of first round exits but five years later he finally won one Larry O’Brien trophy. And he had done it like what he said he would do. He has been a Russellesque in defense and offense while guiding his team to the top.
And finally when he announced his retirement. Everyone believes him.
The ball that has been massacred by KG’s head while missing a free throw can also finally rest.
Thanks for the memories champ!