Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett was recently elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame along with two other NBA legends, Tim Duncan and the late Kobe Bryant.
Garnett was a part of the Timberwolves squad that played the 2004 Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Being switched from his traditional playing position during the course of the series caused him to experience one of the hardest points of his life.
Garnett being a power forward for almost his entire career, was suddenly asked to play as a point guard. This decision was made by the coach Flip Saunders in order to replace the injured Sam Cassell. Without his regular starter, Saunders made the move of switching Kevin Garnett into the PG position.
The point guard in basketball is considered a very crucial position for the team. However, this did not go well with Kevin Garnett and he was not having any of it.
In an interview with The Athletic, Garnett spoke about being asked to play in an unconventional position. Something which he has hardly done before. He said:
“It was the ******* worst. It was just too much. Not that I could not do anything on the court, but man, as far as preference I would have never played it. Ever.”
He also claims it to be the worst experience of his life. The Wolves eventually lost to the Lakers and Garnett would have been absolutely giving himself and his team a hard time.
The 2008 NBA Champion also took a direct dig at Glen Taylor, the owner of Minnesota Timberwolves. A past agreement that had broken down between them was the cause of Garnett’s outrage. His former coach Flip Saunders played a major role in the agreement of the deal. Before things were officially signed, Saunders passed away. This led to the deal being broken.
“At this point, I don’t want any dealings with Glen Taylor or Taylor Corp. or anything that has to do with him,” Garnett said. He also said that he’ll always have a special place in his heart for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota.
The recent Hall of Fame inductee is holding back no words when it comes to the people who have lost his trust.