After 21 seasons, Former NBA MVP/NBA Champion/”Ray Allen Hater”/High School Legend/Gold Medalist/Almost Laker in 2007/Master Trash Talker/Soccer team owner/hated by many and loved by more/future hall of famer Kevin Garnett aka Da Kid aka The Big Ticket announced his retirement.
I can still remember, over 21 years ago, reading about arguably the greatest high school player ever – averaging a near quadruple-double during his senior year – in the pages of Slam Magazine and watching him in the McDonalds All-American game. I also clearly remember having a VHS tape ready for every TWolves game recap on Sportscenter and Inside Stuff feature during his rookie season, hoping to capture the skinny straight outta high school kid throwing down a dunk on a veteran. What I ended up capturing in his first week on the job, was him getting dunked on by Cedric Ceballos, who yelled “he’s not ready!” to the crowd.
He might not have been “ready” during the first few weeks of his season 1 but it didn’t take long for the Big Ticket to become must-see TV, a perennial All-Star and a Fantasy God. If you played fantasy basketball between 2000-2006, then you know what I’m talking about….
- 2/16/03: 37 pts, 22 rebs, 6 asts
- 1/4/05: 47 pts, 17 rebs, 4 asts, 3 stls
- 12/5/03: 33 pts, 25 rebs, 6 asts, 3 blks
- 12/27/99: 26 pts, 23 rebs, 7 asts, 4 blks
Simply put, KG was good. Real good…and he knew it.
His opponents knew it. His teammates knew it. The fans knew it. His haters knew it. We all knew it. And on this bittersweet day, we all shared what we knew about one of the greatest and unique basketball players of all-time.
I mean where do I start. You a piece of shit. First watching you play at the Solon Cage Classic in Ohio with Team Michigan when u were in HS, I believe I was 10 years old and I was like dang this dude nice!! Then a lil time passed and u were drafted straight out of HS to the pros so I felt like man whoever get him is a lucky team. And I surely wasn’t wrong! The KID nickname was fly, swaged out and made a 10 year old kid from Akron believe he could run with the big boys himself! Fast forward 8 years later that kid you inspired entered the draft fresh out of HS as well. Thank you!! Competing vs you in whatever uniform u were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive trait u had. Passion and commitment to just compete every single possession. U showed me what it took and we never played on the same team(All-Star games is different). Thank you! Congratulations to The Big Ticket on a helluva career! HOF is your next stop to cap it all off, the cherry on top!! 1 Love