Kevin Garnett was recently asked his thoughts on his upcoming return to "Sota" and here's what he had to say...
"It’s always special to come back to true fans and your foundation, but as far as that franchise, I have nothing positive to say. So I’ll just let it be that. I think Kevin Love's playing at a high level, I think he’s rejuvenated the city as far as basketball goes. Other than that, nothing else."
So much for my fantasy of Garnett coming back home as a free agent someday to end his career. I found the comments particularly interesting, considering the fact that almost none of the regime remains from Garnett's days as a Timberwolf. To me, it seems like a pointed shot at Glen Taylor.
Regardless, it looks like Wolves fans will need to be content rooting for the "new" Kevin, something I think we're all very happy to do.
I've been online reading this non-issue about KG criticizing the T-Wolves front office. He praised Love and the Sota fans. I just find it unfortunate, but not surprising for some Wolves fans and writers to suddenly try and diminish all of KG's achievements while in Minn.
KG, has nothing positive to say about the T-Wolves front office. That is what he's implying. Everybody outside of Sota knows the Wolves did nothing to better the team around KG, and after he departed. KG, gave praise to K.Love, rightfully so, because he's playing great ball right now.
Yeah I can't really blame KG here either. I think he's ripping Taylor and the front office, as they really did him wrong when he left. He'd not ripping the fans and has praised us all many times before. Other than the players, Adelman is the only thing competent about this organization. So I am not sure I could really come up with anything else either. Should be a great game tomorrow night. Would live a huge win for us.
PS...no need for the fans to be testy. He went out of his way to say positive things about the fans. He has done so before. So those of you who take it personally...no need. Everything else is spot on.
Yeah. KG is glorious, but the overattachment/loyalty is a little too thick in my opinion. It will be interesting to test the fan environment tomorrow night. I'm super pumped for the game. I really want the Wolves to win it.
PS...is he wrong? Outside of Rick Adelman, this organization is run by a group of total buffoons. I also have nothing positive to say.
@kg2004mvp Yeah, it was aimed at Glen Taylor and that was it. I don't have a problem with that whatsoever.
@CollegeWolf KG had nothing around him and still made the Wolves contenders. It is no surprise that he went to two NBA Finals and won one in Boston with a real supporting cast around him like Kobe, Shaq, and Tim Duncan had.
@WallyWorld I think there are plenty of positive things to say about the organization. We're seeing a resurgence this year and the Wolves would have probably made the playoffs were it not for Ricky tearing his ACL. The Wolves are far from perfect and have plenty of blemishes, but this is the best season we've had since 2005.
It just seems like he went out of his way to take a shot at the front office without really taking a shot. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be some bad blood there, though. He put up with a ton of crap during his time here and stayed loyal. At the same time, they did give him two humongous contracts.
I just thought it was interesting, mostly. Glad to see he still appreciates the fans, though.
@DeROK82 But I do agree with the latter part. It was pretty tasteless to passive-aggressively slam a guy who gave you $250 million.
@DeROK82 I think you mean the 'team' as in the players. Organization = Kahn and more specifically Taylor in Garnett's case. For those two there is nothing positive to say.
And even the players....I mean....Rubio is the first legit, quality NBA player to play alongside post Big Al Love and look what happens. A ~.450 winning percentage and suddenly you can't go to a game for cheaper than $40 a pop. Now with Rubio out I think we are seeing just how bad the other 10 players on the roster are outside of a few bright games from others and Pek when he is healthy. Sure, Kahn has signed some nice role players in his day, but....
He has had $10 million + in cap space over MULTIPLE windows, 4 top 6 picks and a slew of other 1sts and 2nds. He traded a high quality big in Jefferson for nothing that will pay dividends within THREE years of the move. Look, with all of those assets (which McHale acquired pre-Kahn for the most part might I add), and this is what he gets out of it....what is he going to be able to do this offseason when he has practically nothing to work with? People look at the Rubio move and think "oh, he is an ok GM." What about the other awful 20 moves? I'm very worried. Kahn is the definition of incompetence. Smart guy, wrong profession.
Adelman? Sure. Great pickup. But even Emeril can't make a good stew out of rotten food.
Also, Kahnis terrible. A bottom 3 GM in the league. KG was referring to ownership/the frot office, and I don't see how anyone can dispute that. We finally have some decent players, but Rick Adelman is the only non-player in this organization worth a damn that I even remotely respect.
@WallyWorld @DeROK82 I dunno... Yeah they paid him a lot, but KG EARNED that money. If Glen didn't pay him, then every other team in the entire league gladly would have. I don't think KG owes Glen anything. If any athlete earned their mega millions, it was KG.
@Pants80 @DeROK82 What it has done is taken a spotlight and shined it on the 'rest of the team' and highlighted how bad of a TEAM Kahn has built. That's the point. And understanding what crazy valuable assets were used to acquire these collection of misfits. But what is next?
I love the top 3 guys on the team (2 were McHale acquisitions). Who doesn't? But in order for us to compete in the ridiculous western conference, there has to be more. You cant win with Luke Ridnours and Martell Websters. They help, but not as key cogs. And now there is little cap room and potentially no short term draft picks available to trump other teams in the trade market. Derrick Williams is the only major trade asset.
Sure, I was fine with trading Al at the time. But consider: Pek and Al have virtually identical games. Gee, it works. Love and Al would have worked just fine. Pek is cheaper of course (and maybe even better in the post), so the question remains: why on earth didn't we trade Al for a good PLAYER? A SG!? That's the maddening part.
That said Kahn hasn't shown he knows basketball (Flynn move tops them all). I refuse to come down on him for the Jefferson move. Jefferson was blocking Love and now Love is 2x the player Jefferson is.
He is just such a smiley used car salesman. I really think the other GMs would often times risk not doing a slightly beneficial deal just to screw Kahn. There is no chance the Bucks or Pacers don't get anything at the deadline if they'd FO is running the Wolves.