One thing Kevin Garnett made clear at his press conference on Tuesday is that he has no interest in coaching, now or ever. He is willing to teach and instruct any of the Wolves’ younger players before and after practice, and considers this something he owes the game. But you can be sure Mr. Garnett will never be pacing the sidelines in an expensive suit like Mr. McHale and Mr. Saunders now do.
The press conference announcing Garnett’s return to Minnesota was the biggest in the history of the basketball team by far. Tickets will be in demand for Wednesday night’s game, and the crowd will go crazy for KG’s return.
On a personal note, I had a fantastic relationship with Kevin when he was here, from the start to the end, and I paid tribute to him by bowing when he appeared for the press conference Tuesday.\
And after the press conference, he grabbed me and was very interested in my health and welfare, and made it clear he would be available to me when needed. His return will be important for the Timberwolves when it comes to getting media attention, you can be sure of that.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has now had two great players on his payroll -- Kevin Garnett for 12 seasons, and Kevin Love, who is in his fourth season.
Love, who won the NBA's Most Improved Player award last year and is headed for it again this season, is breaking all sorts of team records, including some of Garnett's. And he isn't making anywhere near the money that Garnett made, some $200 million during his career here.
At this point Taylor refuses to rate Love as a better player than Garnett.
"Kevin [Garnett] did it for many years. Love is doing well now, but he has a long way to go to catch up with the long successful career that Garnett had," Taylor said.
Garnett, who still has a home in the Twin Cities, doesn't hold any love for this franchise, according to his quotes in the Boston press. This despite all the success he had and all the money he made here.
Garnett said: “It’s always special to come back to true fans and your foundation. But as far as that franchise, I have nothing positive to say. So I’ll just let it be that. I think Kevin Love’s playing at a high level. I think he’s rejuvenated the city as far as basketball goes. Other than that, nothing else.”
It will be interesting to see how much he is booed tomorrow night when the Celtics make their only appearance here.
One hero who doesn't get credit for what he did for this franchise is Kevin McHale. He not only drafted and made Garnett a great player, but he also was responsible for the draft-night trade that brought Love here in 2008. And McHale also drafted Nikola Petrovic, who has a chance to be one of the best big men in the NBA.
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