Kevin Garnett is one of the last great, legendary NBA players left in the league after Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant both called it a day at the end of the 2015-16 season.
As one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the game, KG has collected a litany of awards over his 20-year career including the 2004 MVP award, one NBA title, 15 All-Star appearances and nine All-Defensive First Team nods.
The 40-year-old is contracted to play one more year for the Minnesota Timberwolves and will collect around $8 million to do so. However, is he a certainty to play his 21st NBA season?
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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner that Garnett has intimated that he might not be able to last another year on the hardwood and the grind may have finally worn him down.
The transcript from NBA.com reads:
“I just asked him, ‘Kevin, what are you going to do?’ His answer was, ‘I’d really like to play next year 'cuz I’d like to go out knowing we got into the playoffs,’” Taylor said.
“Then he said, ‘I don’t know if I can.’
“I asked him, ‘What does that mean?’ And he said, ‘I don't know.’
“So I asked the question but I didn’t get an answer that helped me. Yes, theoretically, he’d like to play. But he has some doubts of his knees holding up. I believe he told me exactly the truth.”
KG has seen and done it all since he was selected fifth overall in the 1995 draft. With Tom Thibodeau's arrival and the young prodigies Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns amongst others, the Timberwolves are primed to return to better days with the talent at their disposal.
Garnett could certainly play a part in that, and his experience and wisdom could be valuable to his young teammates. The question is: can he physically do it?