The saddest thing about watching a superstar fade away, is that images of their greatness are replaced with images of them barely hanging on. Kevin Garnett hasn’t averaged double figures since 2012. Last season, he returned to Minnesota to mostly mentor a roster full of potential superstars, but did little of note on the court.
Yesterday, it was announced that Garnett was in the process of negotiating a contract buyout with the team. Most expect KG’s next move will be to announce his retirement.
The irony of Garnett is that his perception among a younger generation of fans, furthered by State Farm commercials, is of a gruff old man. An elder statesman. It’s a disservice of perception, but all they know.
To fans in their 30’s he will always be the pioneer of the NBA youth movement. The first modern player to go straight from high school to the NBA. A First Team All-NBA fixture for nearly a decade. A sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer. “The Kid”.
So, with Kevin Garnett’s retirement seemingly inevitable. Let’s not remember Grandpa from the State Farm commercials. Let’s recall the young upstart who flipped the NBA on its head, and was one of the game’s most dominant players.
Check out 18 year old KG at Farragut Academy in Chicago destroying everything in his path in 1995. Long live The Kid.