Kevin Garnett says he wants to be owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves one day
It is often said that truly great athletes made bad coaches. The assumption is that since these players could rely only on talent to excel in their particular sport, they are incapable of understanding the hard work it requires for players who lack the same amount of talent to succeed at any level, nor do they possess the patience to teach players with less physical gifts.
While there are many examples of this not being the case, the theory nevertheless continues to be offered. But what about owner?
To hear it from Kevin Garnett, he’s not interested in the least in becoming a basketball coach or a general manager or something along those lines. Instead, he’d like to be top dog in an organization, so he’s set his sights on perhaps becoming an owner one day.
And to Garnett, there would be no better team through which he could realize that dream than the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want,” Garnett told Yahoo! Sports Mark J. Spears Thursday night after the Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Golden State Warriors.
No one knows for sure, perhaps even Garnett, how much longer he’ll play. This could be his last season, maybe the next.
Either way, KG appears to have a plan on what to do in his life after basketball … make that life after the basketball court. He’s headed to the owner’s box. It’s not like he hasn’t made enough during his Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career to put together some kind of offer for a franchise.
Garnett of course has a rich history with the Timberwolves organization. He was drafted with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft straight out of high school and quickly became the face, heart and soul of the franchise, leading the team to the 2004 NBA Western Conference Finals in what remains the team’s most successful season. Overall, Garnett spent 12 successful years with the organization before joining the Boston Celtics in 2007.
He has often spoke of the respect he has for current T’Wolves owner Glen Taylor and apparently has remained close to his first head coach, Flip Saunders, who serves as President of Basketball Operations for the team, as well as current head coach.
“That is the one that has my interest,” Garnett said of the Wolves. “I have ties there. Flip’s there.”
Saunders also has a minority stake in the team, which was valued at $430 million in January by Forbes.
Glen Taylor reportedly told the Associated Press in May that he is looking to add a minority partner who would have the option of buying him out one day. Perhaps Garnett could fit that role.
If that goal was ever realized, Nets general manager Billy King says KG would be a great owner.
“He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” King told Yahoo! Sports.
Garnett himself echoed those sentiments.
“There are so many things that I see that I can provide to younger players,” he said. “I gravitate to the guys that really, really work hard. I’m able to show them things. Help their games. To see the progress is huge.”
Who says you can’t go home again? Home of course being a relative term in this instance. But a fitting one.