In 1995 Kevin Garnett was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Chicago Farragut Academy High School at the age of 19.Â “The Kid” was the first player in 20 some years to make the jump from high school to professional basketball in the NBA.Â He immediately became known as “The Franchise” essentially for being the pillar of the Minnesota Timberwolves.Â He played there for 12 seasons and was the highest tenured player with one team before being traded to the Boston Celtics in the biggest trade (most players included) in NBA history.Â The Celtics also added Ray Allen and already had Paul Pierce, so the three stars set the bar high for the Celtics.
KG changed his number from 21 to 5 but his high level of play has continued as the Celtics are cruising into the playoffs as division winners and the Timberwolves have won less than 25% of their games.Â During his time in Minnesota, “The Big Ticket” won Olympic gold, League and All Star MVP trophies, 11 All Star appearances, 8 time All-Defensive and All-NBA, won rebound and points titles, playoff appearances, and even the J. Walter Kennedy Citizen Award… not to mention numerous T’wolves franchise records.Â He is considered by many to be one of the top players in the league now, and possibly ever.
In 2004 the T’wolves streak of eight consecutive trips to the playoffs hit an end and the team started to fall apart.Â Throughout all of the problems, it was perceived that even while frustrated, KG wanted to stick it out and the team owner Glen Taylor intended to accommodate that.Â That being said, Garnett’s name continued to come up in trade rumors and finally the trade to Boston, GM Kevin McHale’s old team, happened.Â The two teams went in opposite directions.Â Now Taylor has made the mistake of claiming Garnett “tanked it” last year with an injury in the final handful of games.Â Garnett has been loved by fans for his hard work and dedication to winning, seemingly earning all of his money.Â They lost him sure, but it did not seem to be too much bad blood between KG and the twin-cities fans.Â It is also worth noting that the team has long been accused of tanking games to gain better draft spots.Â In these few poorly chosen words, Taylor may have isolated THE player that should be immortalized as the Timberwolves’ finest player.Â When he retires, he may not be too thrilled to be associated with a team that spit on his legacy in a fit of sour grapes.
If the Celtics win a championship, Glen Taylor has lost his “Big Ticket” and his “Franchise” likely for good.
Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre is set to retire from the NFL. This time it appears to be for real for now as the future hall of fame quarterback passes the reigns to Aaron Rodgers. Brett Favre has somewhat held the Packers hostage over the last few off-seasons with his indecisiveness as to whether to continue playing or not. Rodgers was drafted as a result of this and subsequently signaled the beginning of the end for “old chuck and pray”.
This past season Favre played like the classic Brett Favre and many felt that there would be at least one more season since he was playing football at an MVP level. Favre made the Pack relevant again this year so the announcement comes as a surprise to many, including some teammates that read the announcement on television. He cited being “mentally tired” as his motive for retirement in a voicemail message to ESPN’s John Clayton(how did Clayton miss one of the BIGGEST calls of his or anyone’s sports journalistic career?).
The story should be that simple and Cheeseheads should take it as it was time for him to go. They should be happy that he didn’t carry this decision into the draft or too deep into the free agency period. After all, this has been a Super Bowl bearing marriage and all good things come to an end. Bus Cook, Favre’s agent, and other league officials are not so sure. Cook says to an extent that Favre feels the Packers did not want him back. There are rumblings that maybe he could be talked into coming back to the Packers or that he may be interested in joining Bill Parcells down in Miami with the Dolphins. Cook said he that Favre wanted to play at least another year.
I for one would take Brett Favre back to the Atlanta Falcons to keep Michael Vick’s seat warm for the year… as long as he vowed to stay clear of the painkillers and if he promised to bring those jean shorts he was wearing when we drafted him back in the day. Randy Moss is back with the Patriots, so we can’t meet that demand. We do however have underground player parking at the Georgia Dome for his truck, so Brett can go to and from the games without talking to a single fan just like in Green Bay. Atlanta is a good fit for him… come on down Brett.