Kevin Garnett was a superstar while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But his abilities on the basketball court might be eclipsed only by his knack for the act.
And that’s not a bad thing. Sports is entertainment, whether we like it or not. And Garnett was a great entertainer during his decade-plus in the Twin Cities. He was “The Big Ticket” for a reason, always worth the price of admission. Whether it was sending rosin dust into the air during his pregame ritual at the scorer’s table or swatting an opponent’s shot into the fifth row, you didn’t dare blink when he was in.
Garnett was back at the Target Center on Friday night, leading his Boston Celtics to another ho-hum win against the Timberwolves. Garnett is now 6-0 against his former team.
Distracting from the Garnett vs. Kevin Love matchup was KG’s comments earlier in the week. He threw his former organization under the bus, saying that while he loves Minnesota and its fans, he had nothing positive to say about the organization.
Garnett’s comments added some fuel to a game that otherwise wouldn’t have had much to offer.
I especially enjoyed this give-and-take in Associated Press sports writer Jon Krawczynski’s story:
During the second quarter, Garnett was taking the ball out of bounds and a fan hollered: “Hey Kevin, please come back next year!”
Garnett simply muttered: “No way.”
After tallying 24 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s win, I was left wondering what Garnett would say after the game.
But instead of sticking around to talk to the Fox Sports North crew, he scurried down the tunnel when the buzzer sounded with a towel atop his head, slowing down only to high-five a few fans on his way out.
Love Garnett or hate him. But at least keep watching.