Kevin Garnett announcing his retirement signaled the end of his playing career, but the former MVP and world champion will be around the sport for as long as physically possible. The question, though, is what role will he play and for what team?
One place he’s sure to go is Springfield, but Garnett still has four or five years before he gets there. In the meantime, a position as a coach or a teacher seems the most logical. Tyronn Lue, head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, already made an offer to KG to work with the defending champs, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
I talked to him about it. I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back—’I might do it’—but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.
Doc Rivers made a comment on Garnett’s potential coaching situation, saying KG isn’t “that crazy” to take on a role like that. What he can do, however, is teach. During last season, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves was mentored and taught by the 15-time All-Star, and he valued every second he spent with the Big Ticket.
“Everything he knows, and countless years he’s been playing this game at a high level, [I am] just trying to garner information from him every day,” said Towns to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com last year.
Garnett made an appearance at the Los Angeles Clippers practice yesterday and stepped right into the teaching role that Rivers feels suits him well. The Clippers’ posted on Twitter a picture of KG working out with Blake, undoubtedly helping him stretch his range:
Special guest at practice today! 👀 pic.twitter.com/tNOSdclgjZ
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 29, 2016
If he were to take on a coaching role, Minnesota looks like the first organization on his list. That city–and franchise–molded KG into a Hall of Famer, and he’s going down as the best player in franchise history.
Since he’s showing a reluctance to coach right now, he’d be able to go in and teach whatever team he wanted to.
During his lessons, teams would get a defensive clinic as KG underlines the importance of that side of the ball; communication and energy would be stressed more than anything else since Garnett become famous for his unbridled enthusiasm–and lunacy–on the defensive end.
KG could also offer sessions to big men looking to improve offensively. During his career, Garnett’s mid-range shot was almost unstoppable, and he made his money stretching the defense and being a pick-and-pop threat.
Beyond all the x’s-and-o’s, Ticket would teach the superstars on teams to lead more effectively. Garnett, because of his fiery personality and passion, embodied leadership to the fullest extent.
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