Kevin Garnett has joined Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as future Hall of Famers to retire in 2016.
After an MVP award in 2004, a title in 2008 and 15 All-Star games, 'The Big Ticket' announced his retirement on Instagram.
LeBron James, who is at the top of the game once again after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first title, sent a brilliant message to KG on the social media platform.
It read: "I mean where do I start. First watching you play at the Solon Cage Classic in Ohio with Team Michigan when u were in HS, I believe I was 10 years old and I was like dang this dude nice!!
"Then a lil time passed and u were drafted straight out of HS to the pros so I felt like man whoever get him is a lucky team. And I surely wasn't wrong! The KID nickname was fly, swaged out and made a 10 year old kid from Akron believe he could run with the big boys himself!
"Fast forward 8 years later that kid you inspired entered the draft fresh out of HS as well. Thank you!! Competing vs you in whatever uniform u were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive trait u had.
"Passion and commitment to just compete every single possession. U showed me what it took and we never played on the same team(All-Star games is different). Thank you! Congratulations to The Big Ticket on a helluva career! HOF is your next stop to cap it all off, the cherry on top!! 1 Love."