Kevin Garnett
Basketball forward
Kevin Garnett
Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonald's All-American at Farragut Career Academy and won a national player of the year award.
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Karl-Anthony Towns Carves His Own Path As The Humble Superstar
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Garnett signs on as Clippers consultant
Yahoo News - about 2 months
(Reuters) - Retired NBA center Kevin Garnett has been hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as a consultant to work with the team's big men like center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin, the team said on Tuesday. Garnett, 40, spent time with the Clippers during a recent training camp, having retired from the NBA before the beginning of the season. "I think when he's here, it's important for our bigs to take advantage of him being out here on the floor, because he brings so much to the table and has so much to offer for the game of basketball," Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson told reporters.
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Craig Sager Dead At 65 Following Battle With Leukemia
Huffington Post - 2 months
Craig Sager, the NBA sideline reporter who brought joy to millions of fans, players, coaches and fellow media members through his flamboyant suits and kinetic personality, has died following a long battle with leukemia, Turner President David Levy announced Thursday. He was 65. “Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us,” Levy said in a statement. “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.” “While he will be remembered fondly for this colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager ...
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NBA's link to 1990s continues to fade with Elton Brand's retirement - NBA.com
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NBA.com NBA's link to 1990s continues to fade with Elton Brand's retirement NBA.com This is usually the way time passes, one quiet tick at a time until we glance back and notice all the doors that closed when nobody was watching. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett left the NBA over the summer to various levels of fanfare and ... Elton Brand retires after 17 NBA seasonsYahoo Sports 76ers forward Brand retiring after 17 seasonsESPN 76ers Preview: How hot is Brett Brown's hot seat?Philly.com CBSSports.com -Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia -Bleacher Report -SB Nation all 41 news articles »
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Better fantasy pick: LeBron or Giannis?
ABC News - 5 months
This is the first installment of a preseason series in which ESPN fantasy experts debate a pair of players who have similar fantasy values and/or average draft positions. First up, Greg Rosenstein and Tom Carpenter battle over a fantasy legend in the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks upstart Giannis Antetokounmpo. Carpenter on why Antetokounmpo should go ahead of James Let's just get this out in the open: I have a fantasy crush on the 21-year-old Antetokounmpo. Enough so that I can type his name quickly and say his name without tripping over my tongue, like Stacey King. I think his ultimate ceiling is comparable to Kevin Garnett in his Big Ticket prime. I always did everything possible back in the day to land KG, and The Greek Freak will be no different. LeBron has a safe floor on a per-game basis, but his ceiling is shrinking each year, as he focuses on staying...
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Coach KG? Garnett has offers one week after retiring
Yahoo News - 5 months
(Reuters) - Just one week into his retirement from the NBA, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett, who ended his career last week after 21 seasons in the league, made an appearance at Clippers' practise on Thursday and offered on-court instruction to the team that impressed head coach Doc Rivers. "K.G. was phenomenal today," Rivers told the Los Angeles Times.
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When Kevin Garnett mentors Clippers players, everyone pays close attention
LATimes - 5 months
The tall, lanky man had a towel draped over his head after practice,  at which he demonstrated that Kevin Garnett can still command attention on the court,  as he did while coaching at Clippers training camp Thursday. Garnett was asked by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers to come to practice to work with...
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When Kevin Garnett mentors Clippers players, everyone pays close attention
LATimes - 5 months
The tall, lanky man had a towel draped over his head after practice,  at which he demonstrated that Kevin Garnett can still command attention on the court,  as he did while coaching at Clippers training camp Thursday. Garnett was asked by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers to come to practice to work with...
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When Kevin Garnett mentors Clippers players, everyone pays close attention
LATimes - 5 months
The tall, lanky man had a towel draped over his head after practice,  at which he demonstrated that Kevin Garnett can still command attention on the court,  as he did while coaching at Clippers training camp Thursday. Garnett was asked by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers to come to practice to work with...
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Paul Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire - ESPN
Google News - 5 months
ESPN Paul Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire ESPN "This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more ... Clippers' Paul Pierce: 'This is it, my final season'Los Angeles Times Paul Pierce announces 2016-17 season is his lastNBA.com (blog) Paul Pierce should follow Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett into retirementWashington Post CBSSports.com -SB Nation -NESN.com -USA TODAY all 63 news articles »
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Kevin Garnett leaves as his era's most influential NBA star - ESPN
Google News - 5 months
ESPN Kevin Garnett leaves as his era's most influential NBA star ESPN Kevin Garnett reflects on his career and the mental strength that made him a 15-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion. (3:09). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. Sep 23, 2016. J.A. AdandeESPN Senior Writer. Close. ESPN.com senior writer ... Kevin Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 seasons in the NBACharlotte Observer LeBron James, Kobe Bryant pay tribute to Kevin GarnettCBSSports.com Kobe Bryant to Kevin Garnett: 'I loved every minute I competed against you'USA TODAY Sporting News -NOLA.com -Star Tribune all 315 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Garnett
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On September 23, 2016, Garnett announced his retirement after 21 seasons in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details While Garnett did express interest in playing for one more season with the Timberwolves, primarily with the goal in helping the team make it to the playoffs again with its promising young players and new head coach, he also told the team's owner that he wasn't sure that his knees would hold up for one more season. In the 2000 Summer Olympics, Garnett won a gold medal as a member of the United States national team. In his first and only FIBA tournament, Garnett averaged 10.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
    After one and a half seasons with the Timberwolves, he announced his retirement in September 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on May 19, 1976, to Shirley Garnett and O'Lewis McCullough. He was the second of his mother's three children. Garnett's mother and McCullough were never married and their relationship ended shortly after his birth. Shirley raised Garnett and his two sisters alone. Garnett's father was involved in his life, although they did not maintain a close relationship. When Garnett was 12 years old, his mother married Garnett's stepfather and moved the family to Mauldin, South Carolina.
  • 2015
    On December 11, 2015, Garnett passed Karl Malone as the NBA's all-time leader in defensive rebounds during Minnesota's 111–108 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the game with four defensive boards to give him 11,409 for his career, three ahead of Malone. Garnett appeared in 38 of the team's first 45 games of the season before missing the entire second half of the season with a right knee injury, the same knee that kept him out of 25 games in 2008–09 when he was playing for Boston, as well as much of his post-trade time in Minnesota during the 2014–15 season.
    On November 15, 2015, Garnett became the fifth player in NBA history to play at least 50,000 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes. Garnett played a season-high 23:54 against the Memphis Grizzlies, recording eight points, five rebounds and four assists. On November 23, he had a season-best game with 8 points and 10 rebounds in a 100–95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. On December 1, he recorded four points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes against the Orlando Magic, surpassing Jason Kidd (50,110) for third on the NBA's career minutes list. Four days later, in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he became the 15th player in NBA history to surpass 26,000 career points.
    On July 11, 2015, Garnett re-signed with the Timberwolves to a two-year deal.
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  • 2014
    He appeared in just five games for the Timberwolves in 2014–15, before sitting out the team's final 21 games of the season due to a nagging knee injury.
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    On November 1, 2014, Garnett had arguably his best game for the Nets as he recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes of action in the Nets' 102–90 win over the Detroit Pistons.
    More Details Hide Details Six days later, he recorded five rebounds in a 110–99 win over the New York Knicks and by doing so, passed Walt Bellamy for ninth place on the all-time rebounding list. On February 19, 2015, Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause in order to be traded back to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Six days later, he made his return for the Timberwolves against the Washington Wizards at the Target Center, recording five points on 2-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes in his first game for Minnesota since 2007.
  • 2013
    The championship hype surrounding the Nets in 2013–14 was too much for the team, despite boasting a starting line-up of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce, and Garnett.
    More Details Hide Details The Nets cherished Garnett's leadership and passion, but at 37 years old, Garnett produced career-low numbers at time, finishing his 19th NBA season with 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Nets made it to the 2014 Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they were defeated by the Miami Heat 4–1.
    On December 13, 2013, Garnett surpassed 14,000 career rebounds, becoming only the tenth player in NBA history to do so.
    More Details Hide Details In reaching the milestone, Garnett also joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to reach 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists. He reached the milestone in the third quarter of a 103–99 road loss to the Detroit Pistons.
    On June 28, 2013, the day of the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets reached a deal to trade Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for future first-round picks in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 drafts, as well as Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was finally completed on July 12, with Brooklyn also receiving D. J. White. Garnett chose to wear number 2 to honor his former Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Malik Sealy.
    On February 7, 2013, Garnett recorded his 25,000th point in a 116–95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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    On January 17, 2013, it was announced that Garnett had been voted to start in the 2013 All-Star Game in Houston.
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  • 2012
    On June 30, 2012, Garnett agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Celtics worth an estimated $34 million.
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  • 2011
    In the lockout shortened 2011–12 NBA season, Garnett and the Celtics started off slowly, being below .500 with a 15–17 record by the All-Star break.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett was not selected for the All-Star game for the first time in 11 years. After, however, Boston quickly became one of the best teams in the league, finishing the second half of the season with a 24–10 record, entering the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 39–27 record. Boston made a deep run in the playoffs, going all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. They faced the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, defeating them in six games. Boston then defeated the Philadelphia 76ers after a challenging seven-game series. Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in five years, and faced another superstar trio in Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James of the Miami Heat. The Celtics lost the first two games, but came back strong to win the next three games. However, the Heat were too strong in Games 6 and 7, defeating the Celtics 4–3. Garnett found a resurgence in the playoffs, averaging 19.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
    Garnett returned on January 17, 2011 to face the Orlando Magic.
    More Details Hide Details The Celtics ended the regular season third in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat. Garnett averaged under 15 points, under 9 rebounds, and a career low .8 blocks per game. After sweeping the New York Knicks in the first round, they faced the Heat in the semi-finals. After losing the first two games of the series, Garnett's playoff high 28 points helped the Celtics take Game 3. However, the Heat won the next two games, winning the series 4–1.
  • 2010
    On December 30, 2010, Garnett injured his right knee after he tried to dunk.
    More Details Hide Details He missed two weeks with the injury.
    In the 2010–11 NBA season, Garnett and the Celtics started strong, winning 23 of their first 26 games.
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    Garnett was selected to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game (his 13th All-Star Game selection).
    More Details Hide Details Despite being written off by nearly every major sports analyst, the Celtics elevated their play and consistently, and dominated opponents much as they did during their 2008 championship run. They eliminated the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Orlando Magic to advance to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals. The 2010 Finals went to a decisive seventh game in Los Angeles, where the Celtics led well into the third quarter before the Lakers mounted a comeback and held on for the victory.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In the 2009–10 season, Garnett and the Celtics, joined by newly signed free agent Rasheed Wallace, struggled with injuries and inconsistency throughout much of the regular season and earned the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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    Upon his return from the injury, he averaged 9 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games before being shut down for the season permanently, missing the final 25 games of the regular season, as well as the 2009 playoffs due to a right knee sprain.
    More Details Hide Details Without Garnett, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but were eliminated by the Orlando Magic.
    Garnett earned his twelfth consecutive All-Star Game start on February 15, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Following the All-Star Game, during a game against the Utah Jazz, Garnett strained his right knee late in the second quarter. The injury occurred on February 19, 2009, while attempting to go up for an alley-oop. He was forced to miss the next 14 games.
  • 2008
    On October 31, 2008, Garnett became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career games, at 32 years and 165 days.
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    In the 2008–09 season, Garnett started all of the 57 games he was able to suit up for.
    More Details Hide Details He averaged 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
    On June 18, 2008, Garnett and Ray Allen appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, soon after winning the championship.
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  • 2007
    On April 22, Garnett was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season.
    More Details Hide Details It was the only major award a Celtic player had not claimed since the franchise's foundation in 1946. Garnett said it was a team effort which helped him win the award. Garnett was also third in MVP voting for the year, behind only Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Garnett helped the Celtics to their 17th NBA Championship, with 26 points and 14 rebounds in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. During that championship season, Garnett and Celtics legend Bill Russell developed a relationship, which Garnett credited as a major influence in helping him succeed during his first season as a Celtic.
    The trade for Garnett had many experts speculating that the Celtics would have a resurgence during the 2007–08 season.
    More Details Hide Details The combination of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Garnett were almost automatically nicknamed "The Big Three" by the media, after the Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish trio. Garnett wore jersey number 5 for the Celtics since his number with the Timberwolves, number 21, was retired by the Celtics, previously worn by Bill Sharman. He made his Boston debut with a strong performance against the Washington Wizards, with 22 points and 20 rebounds. He also led all players in voting for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Garnett received 2,399,148 votes, the sixth highest total in NBA All-Star balloting history. However, Garnett was unable to play due to an abdominal strain, and Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was named to replace him. Garnett passed 20,000 points for his career, becoming the 32nd player in NBA history to reach the mark, with a layup in the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 8.
    On July 31, 2007, Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations, Boston's 2009 first-round draft pick (top 3 protected), and the 2009 first-round pick which Minnesota had traded to Boston in the Ricky Davis - Wally Szczerbiak trade of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The 7-for-1 deal constitutes the largest number of players traded for a single player in league history. At the time of the trade, Garnett had the longest current tenure of any player in the NBA with one team, having played for the Timberwolves for his first 12 seasons (a total of 927 games). Garnett said that he was proud to be a part of the Celtics, and hoped to continue its proud tradition and basketball success. On the day the trade was announced, Garnett signed a three-year, $60 million contract extension that would start after his prior deal ran out in 2009. On August 1, the day after signing with the Celtics, Garnett threw the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to a Red Sox - Orioles game.
    During the 2007 off-season, Glen Taylor admitted that although he had planned on retaining Garnett, he would finally listen to trade offers.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett's name was mentioned in various trade rumors involving the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.
    He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Teams and 12 times for All-Defensive Teams.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett also holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade. In his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to their first NBA championship since 1986, while also finishing third for the MVP award. In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce. In 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota.
  • 2005
    Sprewell turned down a three-year, $21 million extension, and the Wolves wary of his injuries and age, traded Cassell for the much less effective Marko Jarić, and the team's record for 2005–06 fell to 33–49.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Garnett's play, the team logged the second worst record since Garnett joined the franchise. Garnett subsequently earned All-NBA Third Team honors.
    The 2005–06 season brought more frustration for Garnett.
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  • 2004
    In July 2004, Garnett married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla during a private ceremony in California.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the wedding, Garnett did not take part in the Athens Olympic Games. The couple has two daughters. Garnett is the half-brother of former basketball player Louis McCullough. Another professional basketball player, former Los Angeles Laker Shammond Williams, is his cousin. His nicknames include "The Big Ticket", "KG", "The Kid" and formerly "The Franchise" (after being known as the Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player). Before games, he mentally prepares himself by banging his head against a padded basketball stanchion. Although Garnett is officially listed as by the NBA, he is widely accepted to be at least tall. During the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Garnett admitted in an interview with Craig Sager to be "6 ft 11 in and some quarters" (2.12 m) tall. Measurements from the 1995 NBA draft show the 19-year-old Garnett measured tall barefoot. In 1997, Garnett was measured by Minnesota Timberwolves training staff as tall in his basketball shoes.
    In the 2004–05 season, Garnett was named to the All-NBA Second Team, but the Timberwolves failed to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years with a record of 44–38.
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  • 2003
    In the 2003–04 season, things finally seemed to come together for Garnett.
    More Details Hide Details In past years, the Wolves had practically been a one-man show, but now, the Timberwolves had made two valuable acquisitions: highly talented but volatile swingman Latrell Sprewell and the seasoned two-time NBA champion Sam Cassell, who supplanted Troy Hudson at point guard. In addition, defensive center Ervin Johnson complemented the inconsistent Michael Olowokandi. Powered by the best supporting cast in his career, Garnett averaged 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5. assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game for the season. Having recorded career-highs in points, rebounds, blocks and leading the league rebounds, Garnett was named the league Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career. With a franchise-record 58 wins, the Wolves stormed into the playoffs, and finally vanquished their playoff bane by defeating the Denver Nuggets 4–1 in the first round. After disposing of the strong Sacramento Kings 4–3 in the Western Conference semi-finals, Garnett and the Timberwolves met the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. There, playmaker Cassell went down with a back injury. With reserve point guard Hudson also injured, the Timberwolves alternated between third playmaker Darrick Martin and shooting guard Fred Hoiberg at the "one", or even running Garnett himself as point forward or a real point guard. The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a 4–2 victory in the series.
  • 2001
    In the 2001–02 season, Garnett posted another notable season, his averages of 21.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game enough for another All-NBA Second Team nomination.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Timberwolves bowed out in the first round for the sixth consecutive time, this time getting swept 3–0 by the Dallas Mavericks led by Michael Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. Garnett's next season was one of the best of his career, his 23. ppg / 13.4 rpg / 6. apg / 1.6 bpg / 1.4 spg season earning him his second All-NBA First Team nomination and second place in the MVP voting. The Timberwolves posted a good 51–31 record, but for the seventh consecutive time, they did not make it out of the first round, this time losing to the Los Angeles Lakers 4–2.
  • 2000
    In the 2000–01 NBA season, Garnett led the Wolves to a 47–35 record and made the All-NBA Second Team, but again, the Wolves did not survive the first round of the playoffs, losing to the Spurs 3–1.
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    On May 20, 2000, Timberwolves' guard and Garnett's close friend Malik Sealy was killed by a drunk driver shortly after celebrating Garnett's 24th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, the NBA ruled that the free agent signing of Joe Smith was illegal. The league punished the team for the illegal signing by stripping them of three first-round draft picks, fining Glen Taylor (the owner of the team) $3.5 million, and banning general manager Kevin McHale for one year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In the 1999–2000 NBA season, Garnett continued his notable play, averaging 22.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5. assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett also made the first of his four All-NBA First Team appearances and came in second place in the MVP voting. Assisted by sharpshooting rookie forward Wally Szczerbiak and steady veteran Terrell Brandon, the Wolves posted a franchise-best 50–32 record, but succumbed in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers 3–1.
  • 1998
    The enormous size of Garnett's contract was considered, by numerous sports writers, a major cause of labor tensions between players and owners that led to a lockout which shortened the 1998–99 NBA season.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the furor over his new contract, Garnett continued to improve, averaging 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game. Again, he was an All-Star, and the Timberwolves finished with their first winning record in franchise history (45–37 for the season). For the second consecutive year, the young Timberwolves bowed out of the playoffs in the first round, this time losing 3–2 to the Seattle SuperSonics and superstar point guard Gary Payton. The two wins against the Sonics marked the Wolves' first-ever playoff game wins. The off-season started poorly for the Timberwolves though as 20-point per game scorer Tom Gugliotta left for the Phoenix Suns. In the lockout-shortened season that followed, Garnett broke through as a superstar. Putting up stats of 20.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, he was named to the All-NBA Third Team. However, midway through the season, Stephon Marbury was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Although the Wolves received two-time All-Star Terrell Brandon in return, they were not able to overcome the discord and limped into the playoffs as the eighth seed with a 25–25 record. The Wolves were defeated in the first round again, this time losing 3–1 to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs who were led by young superstar and eventual NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan.
  • 1997
    During the 1997–98 NBA season, the Timberwolves and Garnett agreed on a six-year contract extension that was worth an unparalleled $126 million.
    More Details Hide Details The contract was considered a risky move and many analysts speculated that the deal would make it impossible for the Wolves to sign new players or even keep their own.
  • 1995
    Garnett was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and became the first player to be drafted directly out of high school since 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Since joining the NBA for the 1989–90 season, the Timberwolves had not won more than 29 games in any season. In Garnett's rookie season, the Timberwolves were in the midst of a transition phase; they replaced Bill Blair with Flip Saunders as head coach early in the season, and made several trades. Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup soon after Saunders became head coach. In his rookie year, Garnett and fellow newcomer Tom Gugliotta carried the scoring load. Garnett did not immediately leap to stardom as later prep-to-pro prospects such as Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Dwight Howard would, but he did have a very respectable rookie year. He averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and was voted to the All-Rookie Second Team. Despite having some promising players, the Timberwolves suffered through their seventh consecutive sub-30 win season and failed to make the playoffs. At the time, Garnett was the youngest NBA player in history at 19 years and 11 months of age.
    He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-American Game after registering 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots, and then declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who also became a professional basketball player. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonald's All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnett was honored as one of 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans.
    He entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.
    More Details Hide Details Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history.
    In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonald's All-American at Farragut Career Academy and won a national player of the year award.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born on May 19, 1976.
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