Kevin Garnett to Send NBA Finals Memorabilia to Minnesota

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIIJune 17, 2008

After winning its 17th NBA title, the unruly crowd in Boston had one thing to tell the world: It wasn't "BEAT L.A." or "SE-VEN-TEEN!"

The crowd began to chant "THANK YOU 'SOTA!"

During the postgame press conference following his first NBA championship, Kevin Garnett was equally thankful, and pulled out an envelope.

"I want all my fans in 'Sota to share this moment with me."

So, KG mailed the package to Kevin McHale and the Minnesota Timberwolves front office.

Inside the envelope was the jock strap KG wore during the Game 6, with a note.

Dear McHale,

On behalf of all the fans in Boston, I want to thank you for trading me to the Celtics. At first, I was hesitant, fearing that I would be stuck in Boston the same way I had been stuck in 'Sota for so long...trying to carry the load all by myself.

I personally want to thank you for my special time in 'Sota and the commitment you made to win a championship. Thank you for surrounding me with some of the greatest talent money could offer: Latrell Sprewell, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith, Rasho Nesterovic, Terrell Brandon, Chauncey Billups, and Tom Gugliotta.

Thank you for never bringing Ray Allen to Minnesota. Even though you drafted him, you traded him to Milwaukee for the remarkable team player Stephon Marbury.

Of the three main places I wanted to be traded to (Boston, L.A., or Phoenix) I want to thank you for ultimately dealing me to Boston. Not only did you single-handedly regenerate the Boston Celtics franchise, you helped the Celtics dump their 20-win team from last season.

Boston loves you again, McHale.

I can't wait to wear my ring while we play the Wolves next season.


KG reports that McHale plans to retire the jock strap and raise it to the rafters at the Target Center. reports that KG will be listed as a 7'5" power forward next season vs. his 6'11" frame this year due to the load that has been lifted from his shoulders.