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... ."
......— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 23, 2016
If Kevin Garnett retires, the Basketball HOF class in 5 years would be Kobe, Tim Duncan and KG.— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) September 22, 2016
RT if this is the best HOF class ever. pic.twitter.com/FiwPz577Hb
The Minnesota Timberwolves would not still exist if they hadn't drafted Kevin Garnett. No person, in any sport, meant more to a franchise.— Tim A (@TheSambard) September 23, 2016
The game won't be the same without Kevin Garnett. pic.twitter.com/5MHFMXX5Q7— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) September 23, 2016
Congrats on a Hall of Fame career Kevin Garnett! Believe it or not he was my favorite Boston Celtics player of all time... pic.twitter.com/YSoPPXnNII— Tristan Smith (@tristan_smith1) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett is NBA Royalty. Top 5 PF ever. Defined Minnesota basketball. We tip our hats to you, KG. Thank you— Jack Nadeau (@jackneds) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett is 1 of 2 players to lead a current franchise in points, rebounds and assists. Michael Jordan is the other.— Microwave (@vincentkjohnson) September 23, 2016
They say KG is going to announce his retirement officially today. Out of everyone who retired this offseason, Kevin Garnett was the real MVP— Ruddy (@Craig_Ruddy) September 23, 2016
You'll be hard-pressed to see another player in the @NBA that won't even come close to matching the on-court intensity than Kevin Garnett.— Chad Lykins (@CLykinsBlog) September 23, 2016
Nooo not Kevin Garnett keep playing one more year at least I wanted him to take 60 shots in his final NBA game this just ain't right— Dru Tan (@PerfectDru) September 23, 2016
My favorite KG moment, six months after I moved to Boston �� https://t.co/YZpWO2HmPc— Sub (@subshake117) September 23, 2016
Blake got bodied smh https://t.co/XO39eYdHDy— Manute Troll (@C_Penn_) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett had three seasons averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists. Only Larry Bird, Wilt have had more such seasons.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 23, 2016
Truth: I used to really dislike Kevin Garnett. Then I watched this clip and all that changed. https://t.co/FieFNQJISR— Jason Gallagher (@jga41agher) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett earned $326 million over his NBA career (per @spotrac) plus had endorsements. He skipped college, but now could buy a college.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett tells Craig Sager to Burn his clothes! https://t.co/3t7Py6okhD— I Birthed You. -Ye (@Nelzzzzz32) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett revolutionized the PF position. In his prime, he was an absolute do-it-all type PF. Reserve ur tickets for 2021 hall of fame.— NonStopHoops (@NonStopHoops) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett retiring is officially the death of my childhood.— Johnny Visotcky (@visotcky18) September 23, 2016
Thank you for the memories, #KevinGarnett— Sid Sharma (@LiLSiD23) September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett was a BEAST in highschool�� (Vine by SportsZone™) https://t.co/1r8P3pYt2f— Manute Troll (@C_Penn_) September 23, 2016
I don't really like Kevin Garnett, but Ive always respected his game.— Jeff Steed (@Jw2_) September 23, 2016
In honor of Kevin Garnett's retirement, here's my #1 favorite memory of him. https://t.co/ZaGKJ0aJkm— Curtis Rogers (@710Curtis) September 23, 2016