Former Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell still seems to be unhappy with his departure from the franchise following a season that saw them finish 13th in the Western Conference.
Mitchell was under the impression that he would be getting a second season to build on the work he had done following his appointment. However, at the last minute, owner Glen Taylor decided to move in another direction.
That change saw Tom Thibodeau come in as head coach, but Mitchell believes his sacking could be the reason Kevin Garnett has not committed to another season with the organisation. The former Boston Celtics man has one year remaining on his deal, but at the age of 40, his retirement could be imminent.
Mitchell thinks his removal, along with a number of backroom staff members, from his position, could convince the 'loyal' Garnett that the time is right for him to call it a day.
"I just think KG was just so hurt by the way things happened," Mitchell said. "For people to send you messages as if you were gonna be back and your staff was gonna be back and we had everything going in the right direction, and to get a phone call two hours before your last game basically saying, 'I changed my mind and I'm going in a different direction,' it just kind of knocks it all for a loop.
"We've all recovered from it and moved on, but if you know Kevin, Kevin's very sensitive and he's very loyal. It was a lot of people in that organisation that was let go, and the way it was done just left a bad taste on a lot of people's mouths, especially his.
"And, to be honest with you, I don't know how he's gonna deal with that, because Kevin takes that stuff personal, and it's gonna be interesting to see what he ultimately decides to do, and it's a shame that if he doesn't come back and play, that his last year in Minnesota ended the way it did."