Because of a quirk in the Timberwolves schedule, Kevin Garnett will get a two-city dose of nostalgia starting Sunday.
That’s when the Wolves will visit the Brooklyn Nets in a matinée. Then, on Monday night, the Wolves will play at Boston.
“Both places were memorable,” Garnett said.
Garnett, who led the Wolves to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a spot in the 2004 Western Conference finals, was traded to Boston in the summer of 2007. There, along with fellow stars Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and coach Doc Rivers, the Celtics won the 2008 NBA championship by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the finals. The Celtics made another trip to the finals two seasons later, losing in seven games to the Lakers.
In the summer of 2013, the Celtics went into rebuild mode, dealing Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn. Finally, last February, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young.
With this possibly being Garnett’s final season, and with the Wolves only playing one time in each Eastern Conference city, Garnett’s return to Brooklyn and Boston could be his last as a player.
“New York was great,” Garnett said. “The living experience there, I will probably have that for the rest of my life. Playing there was different. Playing before the crowd in Brooklyn was dope.”
But, of course, Boston is a little closer to Garnett’s heart. That’s where he won his only NBA title.
“Right, Boston a little more than Brooklyn,” Garnett said. “Just because the times and the memories are more impactful memories. But both were good times.”
Garnett said he enjoyed playing for both Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd in Brooklyn. But it’s Boston that pulls on the heart strings.
“Every time I go to Boston I’ll have that sentimental feeling,” Garnett said. “But, all in all, all good. That’s what you want. All good.”
Garnett was asked one more question. Which city had the better fans, New York or Boston?
“Bostonians all day,” Garnett said. “And they know that.”