The second Kevin Garnett steps on an NBA court next season, he will pass Kevin Willis and Robert Parish for the longest career in NBA history, having played 22 seasons.
The question is, will he?
The mind is willing but the flesh is weak, according to a new report from Steve Aschburner of NBA.com on KG’s plans — which largely remain a mystery.
As he has done for most of his career, Garnett, who turned 40 in May, has gone off the official grid and even has the Timberwolves’ honchos guessing. Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota’s new coach and president of basketball operations, has spoken to the 7-foot power forward since being hired after the season but has not gotten a definitive answer. The same goes for owner Glen Taylor, who said Wednesday in Las Vegas he had dinner with Garnett about a month ago.
“I just asked him, ‘Kevin, what are you going to do?’ His answer was, ‘I’d really like to play next year ‘cuz I’d like to go out knowing we got into the playoffs,’ ” Taylor said. “Then he said, ‘I don’t know if I can.’
“I asked him, ‘What does that mean?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know.'”
Garnett is battling knee issues, something to be expected after a long career running up and down a hardwood floor. Garnett played in just 38 games and averaged less than 15 minutes a night in those games. However, his real value is off the court with the Timberwolves young core such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. KG has a legendary work ethic and can be a role model and mentor.
At this point, the Timberwolves will let Garnett decide at his own pace.
Garnett is set to make $8 million next season.