Just days after Kevin Garnett announced his retirement, rumors about his future have started to swell. There has been speculation about Garnett getting an ownership stake in the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking on a coaching role, or spending the rest of his life at a YMCA in Malibu.
Today, some more concrete rumors have surfaced, and it seems KG may be prioritizing a future in coaching. When talking to the media Thursday, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue suggested that KG may be joining his coaching staff.
I talked to him about it,” Lue said Thursday, following the Cavs’ practice. “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. […] He says he’ll be around a lot. We’ll see.”
— via Cleveland.com
Garnett would be, in a way, following in the footsteps of fellow future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan who recently accepted a coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs. The only difference is the team choice. Tim Duncan is sticking with the team he spent his career with, while KG is aligning with an all new franchise.
With Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo teaming up in Chicago, and KG now considering coaching LeBron James in Cleveland, it’s clear that the once legendary Boston Celtics-Miami Heat rivalry of the early-2010s is dead and gone. Does this mean KG and Ray Allen will start speaking again soon? I certainly wouldn’t count on it.