After a legendary 21 year career, Kevin Garnett announced yesterday that he has played his last game.
The Hall of Fame bound power forward departs the game with one-year left on his Minnesota Timberwolves contract at the ripe old age of 40.
The Big Ticket had a wonderful career that saw him win the MVP award back in 2004, but his crowning achievement was most likely the NBA championship he won in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.
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His coach back then was now-L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers and he thinks KG came to realise he had nothing left to play for.
"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realised, 'Why am I doing this?'"
However, had KG been hungry to play one more campaign, Rivers insists he would have found a way to make him a Clipper.
"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.
"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."