Fox Sports did an article about the ten issues during the NBA off-season and number six caught our attention. Read on…
Fox Sports: 6. Item: Most of the talk heading into the draft wasn’t about the rookie class at all. It revolved around what was going to happen to All-Star forward Kevin Garnett, who is finally on the same page as Minnesota Timberwolves management — they all agree he should leave.
What this really means: The ineptitude of general manager Kevin McHale has been apparent for nearly a decade, and yet owner Glenn Taylor keeps supporting him. Well, Garnett has had enough, setting an NBA record of six consecutive seasons of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, yet only once (2004) in his 12-year career have they advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. And they haven’t been back to the playoffs since. He is a fabulous player and just because he isn’t a closer, he has been bashed from coast to coast. Still, on the right team, he will raise everyone’s level of play, and that’s what the Lakers are hoping if they can acquire him to appease Kobe Bryant. Garnett already said he didn’t want to go to Boston when Ainge put together a package, and a mega-player deal with multiple teams that would have sent him to his desired destination of Phoenix, crashed when Atlanta killed the deal.
That’s why it seems most likely he’ll end up with the Lakers as an ancillary option in the Kobe Bryant soap: “The Young and Ruthless.” It’s difficult to know how it will all shake out for Garnett, but sooner or later he will land somewhere else. Maybe he’ll end up in Oakland as Chris Mullin continues to reshape the Warriors. Maybe the Suns will coerce the Hawks to revisit the draft day deal that fell through, sending Amare Stoudemire to Atlanta. Or perhaps the Lakers will figure something out as Bryant continues to squawk. At least Garnett doesn’t make this painful — he just wants to get it resolved. So do we.