Yesterday, after 21 seasons, longtime Minnesota Timberwolves superstar, Kevin Garnett, announced his retirement from the NBA. Many of today’s youngest, brightest stars grew up watching Garnett and idolized him along with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

Since social media is huge in our society, the most prominent players in today’s game took to Instagram to bid farewell to the Big Ticket, and also to thank him for everything he did for the game:

I mean where do I start. First watching you play at the Solon Cage Classic in Ohio with Team Michigan when u were in HS, I believe I was 10 years old and I was like dang this dude nice!! Then a lil time passed and u were drafted straight out of HS to the pros so I felt like man whoever get him is a lucky team. And I surely wasn't wrong! The KID nickname was fly, swaged out and made a 10 year old kid from Akron believe he could run with the big boys himself! Fast forward 8 years later that kid you inspired entered the draft fresh out of HS as well. Thank you!! Competing vs you in whatever uniform u were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive trait u had. Passion and commitment to just compete every single possession. U showed me what it took and we never played on the same team(All-Star games is different). Thank you! Congratulations to The Big Ticket on a helluva career! HOF is your next stop to cap it all off, the cherry on top!! 1 Love

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Thank you OG from ya YG!

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