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Wolves owner Taylor: KG's Hall of Fame induction 'an honor so well deserved'

Kevin Garnett and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor have had a tangled history, with Garnett keeping his distance from the franchise in recent years after the end of his playing days in Minnesota left a sour taste in Garnett’s mouth.

But upon the announcement that Garnett will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame, Taylor put out a statement released by the team praising Garnett.

“This is an honor so well deserved,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “We congratulate Kevin on being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the day we drafted him in 1995, we knew there was something special about him that Minnesota had never experienced before. I’ve watched Kevin grow on and off the court and will forever be grateful for his contributions to the Timberwolves organization.”

Those contributions haven’t been duplicated since in the Wolves organization. Garnett led the team to its only trip to the Western Conference finals in 2004 and led it to eight straight playoff appearances. Of course, Garnett won a title with the Celtics in 2008 and is scheduled to have his jersey retired by Boston before Minnesota does the honors, another piece of fallout from Garnett’s fractured relationship with the organization, where Garnett concluded his playing days in 2016.

But on Saturday, there were only nice things to say from Taylor’s end.

“He was beloved by our fans in a way that only few players experience and will always have a place at Target Center,” Taylor said. “To be elected in his first year of eligibility validates the impact he had on basketball in Minnesota, the NBA, and around the globe. We are so happy for him to receive this recognition.”



Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor spoke with Kevin Garnett at a Lynx game in September 2015. Photo: Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune

Lynx Mailbag: What's up with Maya -- and will season start on time?

 

Q: With Maya Moore being successful, can we expect her back any time soon? — @Ordinary_Jeff

 

A: One of Moore’s goals during her hiatus was the legal case of Jonathan Irons, whose conviction on charges of burglary and assault were overturned by a Missouri judge early this month. It was a huge victory. But the case isn’t over yet.

The state of Missouri could ask for a review in front of an appellate court. If the state doesn’t appeal, St. Charles County also has a period of time to decide whether to retry Irons.

Moore — who already had counted herself out of the upcoming WNBA season and the Olympics (which have subsequently been postponed) — is almost certainly not going to return before 2021 at the earliest.

Q: What is your sense of the chances of a WNBA season this summer? — Multiple readers

A: Add the WNBA to the list, right? A while back, as the NHL and NBA were shutting things down, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, in a statement, said the league would monitor the situation and come out with some details at the end of this month. Rest assured, the league — and its teams — are looking at every possible scenario.

But the general sense is there will be a season played, in some form, should the situation with the coronavirus improve. At this point, the April 17 draft is still on, though it won’t likely be in the form we’re used to. Athletes will likely not congregate in New York for the televised affair.

And, as Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said this week, teams’ draft rooms might look different. “Will we all be here, or on a conference call because we’re still quarantined?” she said. “I have people who would have to fly here, and I don’t want to put people at risk.”

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