Celtics legend Kevin Garnett reveals his one regret ahead of Hall of Fame enshrinement
Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett is one of the headliners of the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class. This is one of, if not the most significant accolade in KG’s decorated career and it isn’t surprising that the former league MVP became a bit emotional as he discussed his one regret during his time in the NBA.
Garnett spoke fondly of his time in Boston — including of course the historic 2008 championship run — as he shared why he rues not joining the Celtics earlier in his career:
“It meant everything, man,” Garnett said of the 2008 title, via Conor Roche of Boston.com. “You come into the NBA wanting to win, and losing is part of it, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Getting with a storied franchise like Boston gave me life, gave me breath and gave me purpose.
“The players that you’re playing actually made the experience monumental, made it magical. The city was waiting for something big, or something different to happen versus where it was, and when we went, we just never looked back.
“My only regret in any of this is that I should’ve came to Boston a little earlier. But other than that, it was magical.”
Garnett spent the first 14 years of his career with the team that drafted him fifth overall in the 1995 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves. It wasn’t until he was 31 that he made the move to Beantown. Now with the benefit of hindsight, KG is adamant that he should have joined the Celtics sooner.
Aside from being on one of the most decorated franchises in all of the NBA, as well as having some of the best teammates-turned-close friends, the one thing KG also treasures the most are the Celtics faithful:
“The fan base in Boston was over the top, man,” Garnett said. “People would follow you home, stand outside your gate when you got home. People wanted to pump your gas. The fan level in Boston was just another level. I learned to embrace it.”
Garnett gave it everything he had during his time with the Celtics, and it comes to no surprise that in return, the city of Boston considers him to be one of the greatest to ever dawn the Celtics uniform.