NBA Players Show Emotion After Kevin Garnett Announces Retirement

NBA Players Show Emotion After Kevin Garnett Announces Retirement

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Yesterday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett announced his retirement after 21 legendary seasons in the NBA. Garnett had a massive impact on the league, including being one of the first players to come to the NBA immediately after high school, ushering in an era that saw Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and others doing the same thing.

Over the last 24 hours since his announcement, players have taken to social media to show just how big Garnett’s impact on their league was.

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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As you can see, KG made an impact on the league as an idol, a mentor, a teammate, and a competitor. He was one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game, won an MVP in 2004, and won the NBA championship in 2008.

It’s notable that many of the players paying tribute here are younger guys who have probably been watching KG dominate since they were kids. With a career spanning 21 years, KG played in the league longer than some players — including his protege Karl-Anthony Towns — have been alive.

KG leaves behind a legacy of more than just amazing basketball. He was a world-class trash-talker and brought arguably more intensity to every game than any player in history. If Marc Spears is right and KG will be found only at the YMCA in Malibu from now on, the league will miss him dearly.