Kevin Garnett gets Hall of Fame congratulations from Glen Taylor despite tangled history
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor congratulated Kevin Garnett on making the NBA Hall of Fame despite their tangled history.
Garnett feels Taylor broke a promise to bring him in as a minority owner with the Timberwolves. KG still doesn’t have his No. 21 retired by the franchise, which is odd since the Boston Celtics are planning to retire his No. 5 jersey next season.
However, despite whatever friction there is, Taylor wasn’t going to let it stop him from releasing a statement on Garnett’s Hall of Fame nod, via Chris Hine of the Star Tribune:
“This is an honor so well deserved,” Glen Taylor said. “We congratulate Kevin on being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the day we drafted him in 1995, we knew there was something special about him that Minnesota had never experienced before. I’ve watched Kevin grow on and off the court and will forever be grateful for his contributions to the Timberwolves organization.
“He was beloved by our fans in a way that only few players experience and will always have a place at Target Center.To be elected in his first year of eligibility validates the impact he had on basketball in Minnesota, the NBA, and around the globe. We are so happy for him to receive this recognition.”
Garnett played 14 seasons for the Timberwolves. In 970 career games with the team, he averaged 19.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 blocks.
KG won the 2004 MVP award with the Timberwolves as well, but he was never able to win a championship until he played with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo in Boston.
The Big Ticket criticized Taylor during the Jimmy Butler trade drama last season. The 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.