Kevin Garnett Shows No Interest In T-Wolves Retiring His Jersey
It was recently announced that Kevin Garnett will be a member of this year’s NBA Hall of Fame class. This year’s Hall of Fame class features legendary players including Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan along with KG and a few others. Along with this announcement came talks of the big man’s jersey being retired. Garnett had no problem with his jersey being retired in Boston, but the same can not be said for Minnesota.
When speaking with The Athletic’s Shams Charina the topic of KG’s jersey being retired for the Timberwolves was brought up, but Garnett was quick to deny any interest. Kevin Garnett is the best player to have suited up in a Minnesota jersey and played 13 of his 21 seasons there, so it might come as a surprise to many that he doesn’t want the city retiring his jersey.
KG Sites T-Wolves Owner As The Reason For Issues
When speaking with Charnia, Garnett made it clear that he has love for the Timberwolves and their fans, but simply couldn’t look past his beef with the team’s owner. Garnett called the Timberwolves’ owner, Glen Taylor, a snake for failing to honor a deal they had made with each other.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 7, 2020
It would seem that when KG returned to the Timberwolves from the Nets, part of the agreement included Garnett receiving team ownership and playing a front-office role. Garnett claims the deal was made between himself and Taylor, along with Minnesota’s head coach at the time Flip Saunders. Unfortunately, after Saunders’ passing Taylor did not stay true to his word. KG ended up not gaining a front-office role or team ownership.
Not only was Garnett known for his immense talent during his time in the league, but he was also known for his mental toughness and not taking any shit. It is pretty despicable to see the way people act when it comes to staying true to your word. The NBA is a business, but what Taylor was simply quite wrong.
It’s unfortunate for his fans in Minnesota that the T-Wolves won’t be retiring his jersey at the moment, but I don’t blame KG at all for holding any ill-will to Taylor. He’s just staying true to what he feels, so can you really blame the guy? It is possible that if Taylor ever leaves the organization KG will change his mind, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you guys think though?
Is KG overreacting? Or was what Taylor did too much to look past? And are you happy to see Garnett make it into the Hall of Fame?