Kevin Garnett always found Seattle as a difficult place for opponents. He played 27 games there during his NBA career, leaving the court as the winner only eight times.
He remembers those days. And respect them too.
In an extensive interview this week with The Associated Press, Garnett discussed many topics, including the announcement over the weekend that he was officially a Class 2020 member for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his relationship with fellow Kobe Bryant, a coronavirus pandemic, and the plan is for the next five and 10 years.
But there was also a surprise: Garnett expressed deep closeness with Seattle, to the point where he said he wanted to see the NBA return to the city – and said he would bring the team there if he could.
“If I had a dream, I would say that I would love to be able to go and buy Seattle SuperSonics and reactivate the Pacific Northwest,” Garnett said. “Seattle is very big for our league. I would love to do that. That happened. If there is one thing I can do tomorrow, it will be that. “
Right now, it’s not unusual for Garnett to think big.
He learned last weekend that he had been formally chosen for the Hall of Fame, part of a group of nine people who would include four players as players – himself, Bryant, Tim Duncan and Tamika Catchings. He blabbered about each for various reasons; Bryant for his competitive shots, Duncan because they are elite in the same position, Catchings for his work body.
He said he still enjoyed his battle with Bryant and Duncan.
“I like to think that steel sharpens steel, and I like to think that the three of us encourage each other to be the best we can,” Garnett said. “To go to a class like this, I’m more than honorable.”
And the news came at a time when a coronavirus pandemic overshadowed everything. Garnett even limited how much news he could absorb, saying too much about what he saw was “scary.”
“I will be honest, I just fed myself things to keep stimulated and I exercise a lot,” Garnett said. “I should have been able to run a marathon when this was over. … I” I’ve pulled out the beast as a whole. I feed myself with books, feed myself with documentaries. “
They are a nuisance that is necessary, in the years that have been tried. Garnett does not have big things to say about 2020, with the pandemic coming when he was still personally reeling from Bryant’s death on January 26 in a helicopter crash.
“I’m not going forward, mate, since Kobe died, it feels like upside down. 2020 has been (terrible),” Garnett said. “So, I’ve just been trying to defend and … appreciate some small things that are intangible and really enjoy life a little or try to be productive. “
For Garnett, passion is tangent to one of Bryant’s passions: Creating content. Bryant connected with people through children’s books, documentaries, and other projects, and Garnett has similar diversity in his recent content plans.
Garnett owns a company called Content Cartel that is working hard to continue building now, even when basketball is on hiatus for at least a few weeks.
“I have a story for every event that feels,” he said. “I want to share that. Those are fun stories, they are things that I have survived, they are things that I think are interesting, I think those are things taken by the younger or younger generation, or even periods people and use as a solution or as an influence. “
And if he has one piece of advice for players today, because they are dealing with these uncertain times, this is this: Stay ready.
“Tomorrow is everything,” Garnett said. “So I think players clearly need to be locked tomorrow and try to make tomorrow not just for them, but for their families. You have to stay ready. I will stay as sharp as I can. It’s always something you can do. We are all together “Man, this is not someone or one individual who has passed. We, everyone in the whole world, are experiencing this.”
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