Kevin Garnett: “I’m Playing Against Scottie Pippen. After That Game, Isiah Thomas Pulled Me to the Side. You See What You Just Did? You Can Play in the League”

Published 11/22/2021, 2:54 PM EST


Tons of players from the previous generations have their share of stories about the Chicago Bulls squad. With Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls were an unstoppable force. In the course of their historic run, they won titles for fun. Back in the day, facing the Bulls was the ultimate test of strength. Recently, Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett shared a tale of when he felt like he belonged in the NBA.

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So many tried, so many failed. Provoking the legendary red devils was a rookie error, and many teams have been destroyed in the process. In the 80s as well as 90s, Chicago dominated the league, courtesy of their legends. Thus, when Garnett guarded the likes of MJ and Pip, it was the test that confirmed his ability. He went on to make 15 All-star appearances, and to nobody’s surprise.

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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 )

Kevin Garnett shares famous Scottie Pippen story

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Playing with the best naturally makes you feel like you belong. For the now 45-year-old Garnett, playing with Scottie Pippen was his moment of reckoning. He said that many years ago, Isiah Thomas helped him believe that he could make it in the league. In a recent interview with the ‘Million Dollaz Worth of Game’ podcast, he revealed a hilarious story that was eventually life-changing for him.

“I saw the same kind of following and the difference was the game that Isiah Thomas, I actually speak through this. I had a chance to come into a gym and play with Michael Jordan. I came in and played Michael Jordan, he put me on Scottie Pippen. We got into this game and I’m playing against Scottie Pippen. After that game, Isiah Thomas pulled me to the side. You see what you just did? You can play in the league,” quoted Garnett.

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Do you think the experience of playing with Jordan and Pippen influenced Garnett’s career? Nevertheless, it would’ve been an unforgettable moment for him. Let’s not disregard Thomas, who pushed the star to greater heights.

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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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