On Thursday, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he told recently retired Kevin Garnett there’s a spot on the Cavs bench for him if he’s interested in being an assistant coach. He added that KG is considering the opportunity and KG’s wife is pushing him to pursue a coaching career.
On that same day, KG appeared at the Clippers’ training camp, giving some pointers to rookies Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone, along with the last guy he dunked on in the NBA, Blake Griffin.
“KG’s a great teacher,” Stone said. “He’s really passionate about the game, as everybody knows, but just to be able to hear him and talk to him about different tricks, different ways you can get open, different ways you can get your teammates open, I’m just soaking it all in.”
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who invited KG to the camp, also praised KG’s lessons.
“KG was phenomenal today,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great.”
Like Lue, Doc Rivers also said there’s an open seat with KG’s name on it if he wants it but doesn’t see the slightly insane future hall of famer taking a coaching position.
“I don’t think he wants to coach. He’s not that crazy. Who would ever want to do that? … There’s no way that’s going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This [situation] is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I’m good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us.”
Personally, I can see KG being invaluable in practices and training camps but as for coaching, my response is the same as KG’s hilarious response when he was asked about becoming a coach last year.
“Hell Nah. That’s a big H-E-L-L-N-A-H. Naaaah! Not a no but a nah. You can’t pay me enough to be a coach.”