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Twitter celebrates Garnett's career after reports he will retire

Reports of Kevin Garnett’s pending retirement announcement created a Twitter storm Friday afternoon.

The tweets, photos, GIFs, and video clips mostly celebrated the Timberwolves star’s long and successful career that began in 1995 as a 19-year-old. Star Tribune beat writer Kent Youngblood broke the news that Garnett, now 40, will end his career with the Wolves with one season remaining on his contract.

Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted ellipses soon after the news broke, but most athletes have remained quiet for now. Fans and media, however, began posting their memories and favorite clips of one of the most intense and fiery players in league history.

Garnett was trending on Twitter within minutes after the news broke and later posted his own video on Instagram and wrote "To be continued... ."

Watch Garnett's farewell video: 'Thankful for the love'

Kevin Garnett posted an announcement on Instagram video Friday late afternoon, hours after the Star Tribune reported he will not be playing with the Wolves this season.

Garnett, the best player in franchise history, turned 40 this summer and played sparingly in the parts of two seasons back in Minnesota.

A retirement announcement was expected soon after the report, and this appears to be it. The video ends, after KG says "Stay tuned," with closing title screens "Farewell" and "Thank you for the journey."

Later Friday night, Wolves second-year player Karl Anthony Towns changed his Twitter and Instagram account photos to all black. On Instagram, Towns wrote to Garnett: 'I'll take it from here'

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