Kevin Garnett Rejects Discussion on Withdrawal of Wolves Number, Says He Will Not “Forgive” to Team Owner


Kevin Garnett was recently shortlisted for the Basketball Hall of Fame, but “does not support” the idea that the Minnesota Timberwolves will withdraw his number 21, saying he has still not forgiven to team owner Glen Taylor after an acrimonious split in 2016.

“Glen knows where I am. I’m not having fun. First of all, it’s not authentic. Second, it is under pressure from many fans and, I suppose, from the community there, “Garnett told The Athletic. “Glen and I had an understanding before [former team president] Return [Saunders] died, and when Flip died, that understanding went with Flip.

“For that, I will not forgive Glen. I won’t forgive him for that. I thought he was a righteous person, a righteous businessman, and when Flip died, everything went with him. “

Saunders brought Garnett to Minnesota to a business in 2015, and the two spoke of KG eventually becoming a minority owner.

Kevin Garnett spent 14 of his 21 NBA seasons in Minnesota. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his career. Photo AP / Charles Krupa

Then Saunders suddenly died of lymphoma, and the wolves were forced to move to new leadership. Garnett told the PA in 2017 that he believed his promises had been broken. He retired in September 2016 after a tense buyout negotiation with Taylor.

“I treasure my years in Minnesota and in this community,” Garnett told The Athletic. “At this point, I don’t want a relationship with Glen Taylor or Taylor Corp. or anything to do with it. I love my Timberwolves, I will always love my guys, I will always love the people who f – with me there. I will always have a special place for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in my heart.

“But I don’t do business with snakes. I don’t do business with snake mothers. I try not to deal with snakes openly or with people who look like snakes. “

Garnett was among the nine selected for the Hall of Fame on Saturday. He spent 14 of his 21 NBA seasons in Minnesota, including the first 12. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game with the Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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