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Kevin Garnett was on the podium Tuesday in lieu of his Minnesota Timberwolves (re)debut.
The 38-year-old future NBA hall of famer will step back on to the Target Center floor wearing his No. 21 Timberwolves jersey for the first time since 2007 at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.
On Tuesday, Garnett was funny and charming - and sometimes serious - at his press conference, getting reacquainted with all his old media pals in the Twin Cities.
He gave the typical, “happy to be here,” but followed those answers up with things like this …
“I figure if LeBron can go home, then, sh*t, why can’t I?”
And home in Minnesota is a place he loves … but only sometimes ... or summer times, more specifically.
And, the highlight of the press conference was when Sid Hartman asked him if he wants to be a coach someday.
“A coach? Hell nah,” he said to laughs from the media. “A coach is what I won’t be. You can’t talk me into that.
“My sister’s pretty good at talking me into things. My daughter’s are pretty good at persuading me to things. My wife. … But you can’t persuade me to coach. That’s a big H-E-L-L N-A-H. NAH. Not a no, but a nah.
But Garnett will coach. Sort of. A way a 38-year-old schools the young kids on the court, whether that’s in the NBA or at the Y. Those old guys just know some things.
Garnett, drafted No 5 overall out of high school in 1995, is excited to spread that wealth of knowledge on what he sees as a better Timberwolves team than when he played ... though he did compare this team to his two young daughters.
On a serious note, he did say, “This is one of the reasons I even looked at this situation. This is probably the most talent on this team since the Timberwolves have been assembled. The talent on here is endless. The potential is obviously the question mark in what it can be. But I feel they got the tools to do and be whatever they want to be for the future. I want to help with that transition.”
Garnett is back. For how long as a player, who knows? There are rumors he’ll re-sign, but he and GM/coach Flip Saunders only joked about those questions.
“The plan is to come here, and not be one or two years, but to be here and invested,” he said. “That’s what it is. I don’t have no extended answer for you right now, I see you looking at me. (laughs).”
What Garnett can’t wait to do now, get back on that court as part of the Timberwolves, and then get reacquainted with the city.
“I just seen Tayshaun (Prince) go back to Detroit," Garnett said. "I hear Tori Hunter’s back with the Twins. That’s dope, I gotta call Tori up. It doesn’t get any better than this as far as endings and transitioning.”
First video of Dez Bryant making a catch and it not being a catch. Now video of Dez doing "dastardly" things, but there is no video. Or there is. Or it wasn't a catch. I've gone cross-eyed.
There's a website out there that's claiming there is a video of Dez Bryant doing horrible things going to be released soon.
They claim to have heard from "someone who has seen it" that the video is "five times worse than the Ray Rice video."
FoxSports said the COO of the Cowboys denies there is a video. There, it mentions Mike Florio of NBC Sports talking about a "dastardly" video, but he doesn't ever mention it on his Twitter account. He did talk about it once a few days ago here, saying, "all of the major insiders" have known about this video for months.
But ESPN isn't reporting about the video, either. That has to mean something. ESPN reports about everything. I mean, they still talk about Tim Tebow and try and make Johnny Manziel relevant - or is it the other way around? But they won't report on a website breaking the worst video - "five times worse" mind you - in sports history?
The initial feeling I think everyone gets is, "Oh, I can't wait to see the video." But, do you really want there to be a video?
Even Decan Jones doesn't want it to be real.
This feels like a cheap way to get your website into the know.
Maybe our website should claim there is a video. Maybe find that "someone" to claim it is SIX ... no, no SEVEN times worse than the something even worse than the Ray Rice video - like the Willy Wonka movie re-make.
Maybe claim it's Aaron Rodgers. Wait, nobody will believe it. How about Marshawn Lynch. Everyone would believe that. He has a grill in his teeth.
Maybe once this whole Dez Bryant, "five times worse" thing blows over, we'll put out the word, not that we have a video, but just that there is one. One of Marshawn Lynch doing terrible things. We'll mention Willy Wonka, giving it that hint there could be children involved. Maybe candy. And a grill.
And we'll put it out there nice and early. But not too early. Then tell everyone it's going to be released, "today or tomorrow," because, you know, nobody can depend on upload speed and video software now days is easily hacked.
Plus, THERE IS NO VIDEO.
Here's the newest installment of the Obstructed View podcast (click here).
What a week. Here's what we hit on:
The Milwaukee Bucks getting Michael Carter-Williams for Brandon Knight.
The oddness surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves trading for old man, Kevin Garnett.
Speaking of odd, the NFL Combine is weird. It just is. We all agreed.
Kevin Garnett and Flip Saunders are trying to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Saunders, the Timberwolves general manager and coach, is also trying to re-sign 38-year-old Garnett to a two-year deal, according to the pioneer press.
Isn't this a conflict of interest?
Wouldn't that mean they're paying themselves to buy themselves to pay themselves? I've gone cross-eyed.
If I'm Saunders, I'm signing Garnett, not to a two-year deal, but a five-year, max deal, since the two will have to use every penny to buy the team from Glen Taylor. Sure, it may look fishy and puts the Timberwolves into an even tougher spot with rosters and cap space, but who cares, I just bought an NBA franchise with my buddy Kevin.
Saunders was fired as Timberwolves coach in 2005. After stints as coach with Detroit and Washington, Saunders was named Minnesota team president in 2013, then hired himself as coach last summer. And now, he's trying to make himself the owner. It's like the NBA version of Chutes and Ladders.
Taylor, who bought the team for $88 million in 1994, is not interested in selling the team until after the Atlanta Hawks are sold. The Milwaukee Bucks just sold for $500 million followed by the $2 billion deal for the L.A. Clippers. So, the Hawks deal will help Taylor better gauge the market. Forbes has put the Timberwolves worth in the $625 million range.
Either way, though, Saunders the GM may be putting Saunders the coach in a tough spot, when he signs irrelevant Garnett to a max deal to help pay for the team. But, oh well, it doesn't matter when you're team owners, paying yourselves, and never again have to worry about being fired.