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Kevin Garnett Says Timberwolves 'Took a Chance on Me When Nobody Else Would'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2020

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett (21) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Kevin Garnett said Friday he'll "always have a special place in my heart" for the Minnesota Timberwolves because they "took a chance on me when nobody else would."

Garnett discussed his lasting connection to the Wolves franchise on SiriusXM NBA Radio:

SiriusXM NBA Radio @SiriusXMNBA

"Minnesota took a chance on me when nobody else would" @KevinGarnett5KG tells @TheFrankIsola & @SamMitchellNBA that Minnesota will always remain a special place for him https://t.co/Gce5ZthFmN

The 43-year-old South Carolina native's comments come after the recent Hall of Fame selection told Shams Charania of The Athletic he's not interested in having his No. 21 jersey retired by the Timberwolves because of lingering issues with team owner Glen Taylor:

"Glen knows where I'm at, I'm not entertaining it. First of all, it's not genuine. Two, he's getting pressure from a lot of fans and, I guess, the community there. Glen and I had an understanding before Flip [Saunders] died, and when Flip died, that understanding went with Flip. For that, I won't forgive Glen. I won't forgive him for that. I thought he was a straight-up person, straight-up businessman, and when Flip died, everything went with him.

"There's no reason to complain. Just continue to move on. My years in Minnesota and in that community, I cherish. At this point, I don't want any dealings with Glen Taylor or Taylor Corp. or anything that has to do with him. I love my Timberwolves, I'll always love my guys, I'll always love the people who f--k with me there. I'll always have a special place for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in my heart. But I don't do business with snakes. I don't do business with snake mu'f--kas. I try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like."

Taylor, Saunders and Garnett worked out an agreement for the 15-time All-Star forward to join Minnesota's front office after his on-court retirement, but ownership moved away from the proposed plan following the death of Saunders in 2015, per Charania.

The Wolves selected Garnett with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 draft. He spent the first 12 years of his career with the organization before getting traded in July 2007 to the Boston Celtics, with whom he captured the 2008 NBA championship.

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After six years in Boston and just under two years with the Brooklyn Nets, he returned to the Timberwolves to finish his NBA career, which ended after the 2015-16 campaign.

Along with the title and All-Star appearances, Garnett's career resume includes the 2004 MVP Award, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year honors, four All-NBA first-team selections and numerous other individual accolades.

His No. 5 jersey will be retired by the Celtics during the 2020-21 season.

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