The late 90s-early 2000s era ushered in a fresh crop of young superstars. During that span, one of the most unique players in league history made his indelible mark on the game. For years to come, opponents revered facing one of greatest power forwards to ever live: Kevin Garnett.
A tough, “no-holds-barred” type of competitor, KG’s tremendous skill has always matched his insatiable hunger to win. Though his production has dropped off significantly in his waning years, he is still a joy to watch because of the infectious energy he shows each night. KG was the original Anthony Davis, with LaMarcus Aldridge’s automatic midrange game to boot!
It’s amazing how KG’ s career came full circle at the trade deadline this past Thursday. After many successful years away from home (won 2008 Championship w/ Boston), the “Big Ticket” is back in Minny, where it all started! Which brings us to today’s Memory Lane Monday, the Wolves’ epic triumph over the Sacramento Kings in the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals.
Heading into Game 7, KG was battling a variety of injuries (back, hip, ruptured eardrum) that could have significantly altered the outcome. But the MVP’s (won the award during 2003-2004 season) passion, on both his 28th birthday and the anniversary of former teammate, and best friend Malik Sealy’s untimely death, was unmatched. He poured in a spectacular 32 points and 21 boards to clinch the series.
KG’s Game 7 performance remains one of the gutsiest displays of pure strength and will the NBA has ever seen. Hopefully, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins are able to harness Garnett’s incredible fire and turn the franchise around. But until then, let’s appreciate one simple fact: “The Kid” is back.