Kevin Garnett’s one major regret with the Timberwolves
Kevin Garnett got honest in his Hall of Fame speech as he reflected on his long NBA career, including his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Garnett, who won a title with the Boston Celtics in 2008 after he was traded in 2007, the only regret he has in Minnesota is that he wasn’t able to help the franchise win a championship during his first 12 years in the NBA and with the team.
"My only regret in Minnesota was that I wasn't able to bring them a championship," KG said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 15, 2021
Kevin Garnett never really had the support needed to win a championship, much more make it to the NBA Finals. In his 12 seasons with the Timberwolves at the star of his career, he led the team to eight straight playoff appearances from 1996 to 2004. They were able to reach the Western Conference Finals in 2004, only to fall to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
After years of failure with the team, he was traded to the Celtics as Boston formed its “Big 3” with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who then won the championship in the same season.
Interestingly, ahead of his Hall of Fame enshrinement, the Big Ticket admitted that he regrets not getting to Boston earlier and potentially winning more titles. It’s hard to blame him though, as his career with the Timberwolves was marred with several first-round exits in the postseason.
Garnett retired with the Timberwolves in 2016, but it is undoubtedly unfortunate that they weren’t able to get to the promised land together despite KG having the best and most productive time of his career in Minnesota. After all, it is where he won his first and only MVP award in 2004.