After early season struggles, the Brooklyn Nets have found somewhat of a groove as of late. So has Kevin Garnett. With that and a return to Boston on the horizon Sunday, Garnett talked with reporters Thursday and opened up some about an earlier return of his -- to Minnesota in 2008.
"I didn't know the kind of response [I would receive,]" said Garnett, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo. "I was filled with a lot of anger. I didn't like the way I left Minnesota." Garnett was battling an abdominal strain at the time and didn't play. His anger with the Wolves is something he has hinted at before.
"It was up until I had a personal conversation with Kevin McHale that I started to release some of that -- those flaws and some of those bad times. I started to focus on the positives. I'm a normal positive person. I don't like to dwell on negativity. It was [after that] that I started to let some of that go. The people in 'Sota have always been great to me. I've always had a special place in my heart [for them], Boston as well. The fans and people there have always been good to me, my family and my friends. It's a special place in my heart that I'll always hold for life."
Garnett has showed his appreciation for McHale before. And the star has showed some of those flashes of unhappiness with Minnesota, such as earlier in the season when he was at Target Center with the Nets and declined to answer questions about whether he could return to Minnesota.
That said, Garnett does have plenty to be happy about, like this trip to the Chelesa Football Club locker room in London last week, earning him a Garnett No. 2 kit and a round of applause: