By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)
According to YardBarker via The Juicy Online, Kevin Garnett has told close friends that he will retire from the NBA after deciding to undergo surgery on both ankles.
Garnett spent the first 12 years of his illustrious NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the last six with the Boston Celtics, winning the 2007-08 NBA Championship. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks this season, as he and the Celtics were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Knicks.
For his career, Garnett averaged 19.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. His honors include:
- 2004 NBA MVP
- 12-time All NBA Defensive-Team selection including nine First Team honors
- 2008 Defensive Player of the Year
- 15-time All-Star (was named ASG MVP in 2003)
- Nine-time All-NBA selection including four First Team honors
- All-Rookie Second Team in 1996
- Olympic Gold Medalist (2000 Team USA)
- Led the NBA in rebounding each year from 2004-2007
KG was one of the first stars to successfully make the jump from high school to the NBA, as the Timberwolves picked him fifth overall in the 1995 Draft after he was named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball at Farragut Academy in Chicago.
Who knows the amount of truth to this rumor. After all, it is a rumor. If it is true, the NBA just lost one of the best and most intense big men of the past 20 years.
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