In over two decades of playing in the NBA, Kevin Garnett was the one who opened the door for a whole new wave of talent to enter the league.
He also was in part responsible for the rewriting of the league’s collective bargaining agreement and almost singlehandedly redefined what the tallest players in the game were allowed to accomplish on court.
In what could not have been drawn up any better No. 21 is retiring after playing 21 years in the NBA, leaving a huge legacy as one of the league best ever defensive players and one of basketball’s most intense and influential competitors.
Garnett posted on his Instagram account a video on Friday that said thanks for the journey and farewell. He narrated the black and white, short video where he can be seen walking alone with sunglasses in the Target Center.
He said he never thought he would be loved so much by people.
Garnett told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he was retiring on Friday. The team is waiving the franchise icon that will allow Garnett to collect the full amount of this $8 million salary over the upcoming season. The San Antonio Spurs did the same thing with Tim Duncan, when he retired earlier this year.
Glen Taylor the owner of the Timberwolves said the organization was very proud of its association with Garnett, as we have seen him grow.
Garnett was an All-Start 15 times and the NBA MVP in 2004 when he led Minnesota to the finals of the Western Conference. He is first in the NBA in defensive rebounds for a career, third in the number of minutes played and fifth in the number of games played.
Garnett, who is 40, put the Minnesota Timberwolves on the map when he turned a hapless franchise into an annual playoff contender.
Later in his career, he helped the Boston Celtics return to glory by winning an NBA championship back in 2008.
Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said that the moment Garnett arrived in Boston he knew the team would reach the NBA finals due to Garnett being a relentless competitor and an excellent teammate.
Garnett entered the NBA out of high school back in 1995. He was the first player that did that in 20 years. His move helped open the door for high school players to follow such as Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and LeBron James.
However, the league shortly thereafter instituted a new rule that required players to be a year removed from high school prior to being eligible for the NBA draft.