Kendrick Perkins rips Timberwolves for not retiring Kevin Garnett’s jersey before Celtics
The Celtics announced on Thursday they are retiring Garnett’s No. 5 jersey, but Perkins believes the Timberwolves should have already retired Garnett’s No. 21 jersey.
T’Wolves should be ashamed of themselves. How did let they Celtics retire Ticket’s Jersey before them?
Losing culture starts all the way up top. Little stuff like that is the reason why things are the way they are.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 14, 2020
Garnett played 14 seasons for the Timberwolves. In 970 career games with Minnesota, Garnett averaged 19.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 blocks. He won the 2004 MVP award with the team as well.
KG actually criticized Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor during the Jimmy Butler trade drama last season. The future Hall of Famer said Taylor “doesn’t know sh*t” about basketball.
Garnett finished his career with the Timberwolves after winning a championship with the Celtics and then playing a few years with the Brooklyn Nets. Minnesota will likely retire KG’s jersey one day, but Perkins is upset that it hasn’t been done already.
Perkins has been ripping the Timberwolves since the summer, so this is nothing new. Although, he does have a good point: why haven’t the Timberwolves retired KG’s jersey yet? It seems odd, but maybe Boston’s decision to retire Garnett’s Celtics jersey will prompt Minnesota to take action.
It is worth noting that Garnett and Kobe Bryant recently headlined the 2020 Hall of Fame Finalists. They are joined by San Antonio Spurs icon Tim Duncanc, Baylor University women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, two-time NBA champion head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens, retired Arkansas and Kentucky men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton, and retired Indiana Fever WNBA champion Tamika Catchings.