Grantland: T-Mac Tries Again for Legacy

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Grantland: T-Mac Tries Again for Legacy
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Isiah Thomas had a plan. Armed with the seventh pick in the 1995 draft, Thomas had his eyes on Kevin Garnett — even piecing together a transition program that would ease the gangly, gifted South Carolina-born high schooler into the pro game. But it didn't take long for his big idea to unravel. Thomas, then executive vice-president for the fledgling Toronto Raptors, had tried trading up with Washington to secure the fourth selection. He was rebuffed. Meanwhile, Minnesota general manager Kevin McHale, an acquaintance of the Pistons legend since high school, asked Thomas about the rumors of Garnett's alleged volatile personality. Thomas replied honestly. He told McHale that everything he had heard about Garnett off the court was not true. And on the court? KG's talents were so big, they outweighed any concerns.

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