Ahh “what if” Reminds me of that website these fans started back in the day… GetGarnett.com or something like that – don’t remember who it was though… (yes it was us).
Sports Illustraded: We all remember how it ended last June, the Celtics winning their 17th NBA championship, Paul Pierce brandishing the Finals MVP trophy, Doc Rivers with a silly smile and a sticky suit, Kevin Garnett essentially losing his marbles in the clamor and the confetti, and Kobe Bryant subdued, almost unresponsive at times, after a 39-point drubbing in Game 6.
We tend to forget, though, how it all began, nearly 12 months earlier. At least, that’s when the initial trade rumors emerged, that Minnesota was seriously shopping Kevin Garnett and the Lakers were seriously interested. Team owners Jerry Buss and Glen Taylor talked about it, basketball bosses Mitch Kupchak and Kevin McHale talked about it, Bryant and Garnett most definitely talked about it.
But it stayed just that — talk — and McHale eventually went all Celtics pride on the L.A. team, sending Garnett instead to Boston and old pal Danny Ainge in a move that, as some saw it, should have earned the Timberwolves’ vice president another championship ring. From that point, Bryant and Garnett were stuck on opposite sides of the NBA’s most storied rivalry, one West, one East, purple and gold versus green and white, as far apart geographically and competitively as possible.