Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett reveals the only regret in his illustrious career, which lasted 21 years straight out of high school.
Kevin Garnett entered the NBA as a young 18-year-old coming off high school. However, his lack of college experience didn’t stop him from making a positive impact as soon as he set foot on the hardwood. Picked as the fifth pick of the 1995 draft, KG was the youngest player in the entire class.
Luckily for the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, they recognized Kevin for his talents and didn’t neglect him because of his college inexperience. For 12 long seasons, Kevin Garnett played his heart out. However, Garnett never quite came close to winning a championship with the Minnesota organization.
It was in Boston, alongside fellow Hall-Of-Famers Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, that The Big Ticket created a dynasty. Considered one of the all-time greats for the most successful organization, Garnett did have a successful stint with the Celtics, winning the 2008 NBA title.
“I should’ve joined the Boston Celtics a little earlier in my career”: Kevin Garnett
Ahead of his prestigious Hall-Of-Fame induction, the 44-year-old reflected on his time at Boston and also revealed the only regret of his career. In an interview, Garnett said:
“You come into the NBA wanting to win, and losing is part of it, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Getting with a storied franchise like Boston gave me life, gave me breath and gave me purpose.
“The players that you’re playing actually made the experience monumental, made it magical. The city was waiting for something big, or something different to happen versus where it was, and when we went, we just never looked back.”
“My only regret in any of this is that I should’ve came to Boston a little earlier. But other than that, it was magical.”
“The fan base in Boston was over the top, man. People would follow you home, stand outside your gate when you got home. People wanted to pump your gas. The fan level in Boston was just another level. I learned to embrace it.”
Kevin Garnett says he embraced the Boston’s “over-the-top” fanbase. He adds, “My only regret in any of this was that I should have came to Boston a little earlier. Other than that, it was magical.” pic.twitter.com/krVfqjxyqv
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) May 14, 2021
It might be a bit late, but we can’t help but think how many more championships would the Celtics have if the legend Kevin Garnett actually joined them a little earlier in his career.