Kevin Garnett Explains His Biggest Kobe Bryant What-If

Published 11/10/2021, 10:53 AM EST
Laker Kobe Bryant, right, watches the scoreboard with Gary Payton against the Sacramento Kings at the Arco Arena Sunday in Sacramento. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Timberwolves (and Celtics) legend Kevin Garnett has surely left behind some incredible memories. A 15x All-star, Garnett is still one of the best center-forwards that the league has seen. Many years into his retirement, the legend fondly remembers his Hall of Fame career. For over two decades, Garnett ruled the court. In a recent interview however, he spoke about the ‘what ifs’ of his illustrious journey, stating that he regrets not playing with the great Kobe Bryant.

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‘KG’ was a beast on the court, and even secured an NBA crown back in 2008. Highly acclaimed by the league’s elite, the 6’11” athlete was a key feature of the golden era of the championship.

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Currently, the superstar is set to release a documentary, Anything Is Possible, as well, revolving around his immaculate journey. But even with all these achievements, there are certain missed opportunities which the maverick thinks about every now and then. Having been such an influential figure, it is only natural he regrets not playing with some of the best.

Kevin Garnett rues missed opportunity of not playing with Kobe Bryant

Although Garnett created some sustained memories, he never had the chance to play alongside the great Kobe Bryant. The 2004 NBA MVP was a selfless menace on the court and always carried the desire for perfection. One of the league’s most potent players on offense and defense, he tormented his opponents. Yet, being Mamba’s teammate was something he never got to tick off his checklist.

LOS ANGELES, CA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant listens as the National Anthem is sung by Jeffey Osborne at the season opener against the Rockets at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In a recent interview with GQ, the former star spoke about his career, the missed opportunities, and more. Regarding the what-ifs during his playing days, he said“I’ve often wondered what playing with Kobe would’ve been like. Beside Kobe, you know? What would we have been like? If playing with Paul Pierce was like this, then playing with Kobe would’ve been like what?” Additionally, he also pondered on what his life would’ve been like, had he joined Boston earlier.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 03: Kevin Garnett attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Hosts An Official Academy Screening Of UNCUT GEMS at MOMA – Celeste Bartos Theater on December 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences )

Rest assured, Kobe and Kevin would’ve wreaked havoc in the NBA. Both possessing similar attributes and impeccable mental strength, their team may have gone on to be a dream team.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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