No other man is more synonymous to the Timberwolves franchise than the Big Ticket, Kevin Garnett.
We all have seen his flashy dunks, monster blocks and overall dominance in the paint.
A skinny 7 foot tall high school kid with a heart of a true warrior.
The Kid aged like fine wine.
Some may hate him, but there’s no argument that KG is a kind of player that you don’t come across very often.
Here are the main reasons why:
The Passion for the Game
I haven’t seen a player like KG that treats the game like his life depended on it.
Look at the way he pumps up himself before the game starts.
Banging his head and speaking to himself. Man, that’s crazy stuff.
I wonder what he’s saying to himself while doing that?
Maybe something about Carmelo Anthony and Honey Nut Cheerios. We’ll never know.
Also, barking at his opponents, pretending to be biting them and blowing into their ears really shows his passion for the game. Innit?
He’s Well Rounded For His Position
Did you know that KG has the record for the most number of consecutive seasons played with an average above 20.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 5.0 apg?
The points and rebounds is a given. But 5 assists per game? That’s just simply astounding for a big man.
Some of you will probably say that this became possible because he has the ball in his hands all the time.
True, maybe. But not every superstar can do that feat. Especially a Power Forward.
Only Chris Webber can hold a candle to KG in terms of the passing ability of a big man.
How about Timmy? You wish.
The Last Great Trashtalker?
We all know that KG has his fair share of trashtalking in the NBA.
Some of them are quite funny, like the one with the late, great Craig Sager.
But most of them are nasty as sh*t.
Like the time when he said to his biggest fan, “F*ck you, Noah”.
“Happy Mothers’ Day” to Tim Duncan when his mom has just recently passed away.
“You look like a Cancer patient.” to Charlie Villanueva.
We can sit here all day talking about this. Or you can just watch this video.
He’s a Great Mentor
Kevin Garnett recently retired in his home team this past season.
His 2k ratings dropped like crazy. From 99 in NBA 2k9 to just 70+ in the recent games.
We all feed sad when we use KG and we can’t sink an easy jumper. One full court sprint and his stamina bar will be emptied like a leaky gas tank.
But there’s a good side to his return to the Timberwolves in his last season.
Not for him, but for the franchise.
Karl Anthony Towns is a very promising young man with a plethora of moves in the paint, decent shooting form and good defensive awareness. More or less, like KG.
He can teach him some tricks and help him reach his true potential. Imagine KAT playing like KG in his MVP days.
That would be awesome news for all the Timberwolves fans and a nightmare to anyone that faces them.
He’s The Big Ticket. End of Conversation.
Even the most loyal Timberwolves fans back in the 90’s couldn’t stand to watch the games as they got blown up by double digits every single game.
Then, they drafted a young high school kid from Illinois then everything changed.
Kevin Garnett is the only thing that attracts viewers to watch Timberwolves games.
Some fans doubted the management’s decision to draft him.
Who in the right mind will draft a player fresh from high school for their struggling franchise?
Well, the Twolves management. Especially Kevin McHale.
That decision turned out to be their best decision they have ever made in their entire franchise history.
Imagine if they drafted Cherokee Parks instead of Kevin Garnett.
There’s a high possibility that we are not watching our favorite team play today.
So, thanks for that KG! We owe you a lot!