September 23, 2016

HE AND JORDAN...:

With Kevin Garnett Retiring, 2021 Hall Of Fame Class Is The Best Ever* (Mitch Lawrence , 9/23/16, Forbes) 

Kevin Garnett had to call it quits. After 21 years, his body could no longer take the pounding. Last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 2004 MVP hit the old-man wall. He did not play a single minute over the final 34 games, as his very good friend and coach, Sam Mitchell, felt that Garnett was no longer able to contribute, or even hold up. In effect, he was already retired. So it merely paved the way for Garnett's decision on Friday to accept a buyout, according to league sources. He was scheduled to make $8 million this coming season.

A 15-time All-Star who was a relentless competitor and a defensive force in his prime, Garnett's retirement means that he'll be eligible in five years for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2021, he'll actually be overshadowed by the automatic first-ballot inductions of two NBA icons, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.

...weren't just the best defensive players of their respective generations but actually intimidated teammates into playing defense too.

Posted by at September 23, 2016 9:30 PM

  

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