It's hard to hate Kevin Garnett. As a matter of fact, I don't believe that there are any true Garnett haters out there. So I guess it's safe to say that no matter who you were rooting for in the 2008 Finals, you can't help but be happy for KG.
Now, I'm not a fan of the whole "surround me with better players or trade me to a team with better players" movement players at starting these days. Star player whines, gets traded (or team acquires another superstar or two at the trade deadline), team becomes super-team, storms through the playoffs, wins championship, then GMs around the league try to mimic the exact same scenario for the following season.
The thing with Kevin's situation is that he NEVER whined, complained, or asked to be traded.
KG played every game for the Minnesota Timberwolves with 110 percent energy and intensity. He gave that franchise the best years of his career despite the fact that the T'Wolves head office was run by a bunch of gerbils on wheels.
They surrounded Garnett with a ridiculous amount of garbage players and a few mediocre players. The reason why his nickname is "The Big Ticket" is because his teammates were so bad that if he wasn't on the roster, Minnesota would have less fans in their arena than Atlanta.
Latrell Sprewell was the most talented player that Garnett ever played with in Minnesota, and I feel that even he fell into that small group of mediocre players during his stint there.
Never complained. Not once.
We never once read in the media about Kevin Garnett bashing his team, his coach, or general managers. Not once. He had every right to. If anyone in the league could have said something, it should have been him. But he remained quiet.
As a matter of fact, he actually put more effort into making his garbage teammates better. Imagine that! Continuing to play all 82 games like you actually have a chance to win it all, even though you know deep down that your team sucks and that only a miracle could save you all, and understanding that if you don't set an example for the rest of the team, no one else will.
We all knew he was frustrated. He just chose not whine about it.
T'Wolves GM Kevin McHale definitely knew he was frustrated. He also knew that he has been a horrible GM and felt the need to put Kevin Garnett out of his misery. He traded The Big Ticket to the team that brought him glory as player, the Boston Celtics.
Paul Pierce got his birthday wish and then some. Kevin Garnett: probably the best all-round player in the NBA. Think about it; there is no other player in the league that score, rebounds, passes, blocks shots, and steals balls all at a high level.
Completely satisfied with joining Pierce and newly acquired Ray Allen, Garnett brought his Minnesota intensity to Boston. He impacted the franchise in way that made the team roster better players and earned a Defensive Player of the Year award, the best regular record, and his very first championship title along the way.
Sure, many of us probably would have like to have seen KG finish his career with the Wolves, and earn that ring with the roster that was there, but we all know Kevin McHale would never let that happen.
So we can forgive him for winning it the easy way (by joining a team with two all-stars), because he didn't whine or ask for the easy way out. He just did what he was paid to do... give it your all in every game until the final buzzer sounds. Congratulations, Kevin. You deserve it.
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