Kevin Garnett Ends 21-year NBA Career

Kevin Garnett

After what can be deemed a successful  21-year career in the NBA, Minnesota Timberwolves star player Kevin Garnett has decided to retire from the game.

The former Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets announced his retirement on Friday 23rd December in an official statement released by the club where he spent 13-season  of his entire career (Timberwolves). He led the Wolves to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, culminated by an appearance in the western conference in 2004.

“It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.”

The 40-year old Garnett joined Wolves straight from high school in 1995, becoming the first player to do so in a decade. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history.

Kevin Garnett also made more than $330 million in his career, the most by any player in league history, and owners dug their heels in during a lengthy lockout in 1997 after a 21-year-old Garnett signed a six-year, $126 million deal.

In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics where he helped led them to their first NBA championship since 1986, while also finishing third for the MVPaward in his first year at the club. He also played for Brooklyn Nets between 2013-2015.

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