Garnett Honored at Wolves Game
Former Timberwolf Kevin Garnett received a 90-second ovation from the sellout crowd at the Target Center Friday night, reported the Pioneer Press.
Garnett was traded to the Celtics this past off-season and it was his first return to the place he played for his first 12 years in the NBA. The Wolves have drawn poorly all year, Friday was only their third sellout, but everyone came to see Garnett Friday, even if it was only for a couple minutes as Garnett is still sidelined with an abdominal injury and was unable to play.
The fans made the short time last though giving Garnett a standing ovation immediately after he emerged from the tunnel onto the court before he went back into the Celtic's dressing room, where he has insisted on watching games since he's been sidelined, according to the Star Tribune.
Garnett was a legend in Minneapolis, the cornerstone and fan favorite of the Wolves since his arrival.
"Kevin's such a good guy and he was here for such a long time," Wolves' vice president of basketball opertaions Kevin McHale said. "We spent so many hours in this gym working on his game. But it's a transient business by nature. Now it's been a while (since the trade). I really enjoy the guys we've got here. You do move on, though. That's part of it." (Pioneer Press)
Unfortunately the new guys couldn't close out the Celtics, even without Garnett, as the fell 88-86 on a last second shot.