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First photos surface of Kevin Garnett back in a Timberwolves uniform (pics)

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Holy blast from the past, Batman!

Kevin Garnett will officially make his debut in his second stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. But on Tuesday KG had to deal with some of the minor inconveniences of joining a team midseason, including posing for official team photos.

The official “reintroductory” press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon for the 38-year-old who still holds nearly every franchise record despite not playing for the team for seven-plus seasons. The odds are good Garnett will be asked about his expressed interest in putting together an ownership group and buying the team from longtime owner Glen Taylor once his NBA playing career is finished.

In the interim, head coach Flip Saunders, as well as the players and the team’s long-suffering fans are looking forward to the return of “The Big Ticket,” even if expectations should be tempered significantly related to how much production can be expected from Garnett at this stage in his Hall of Fame-caliber career.

The anticipation building for Garnett’s T’Wolves comeback is in such a state that one Minnesota player already expressed nervousness about the legendary hothead’s imminent return.

Rookie Zach LaVine happens to currently occupy KG’s old locker stall at Target Center and said he’s afraid about how the veteran will respond.

“This is his locker and I’m actually kind of scared because I think he is going to say something about me being in his locker,” LaVine said, via the Pioneer Press, noting that he offered his elder NBA statesman his locker back if he wanted it. Garnett apparently declined and will settle in to a different spot.

“I did more than offer; I wanted him to take it,” LaVine said. “I wanted him to sit there. I said, ‘I’ll move!’ But it’s going to be great for me; I know that. Future hall of famer, man, everyone wants to get to his level. He was playing in this league before I was born!”

 

The Wolves have suggested fans show up early for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. It may be a sad commentary, but given the woeful state of the franchise since Garnett’s departure, his return is something to be celebrated, not to mention a nostalgic blast from the past, back to the team’s (relative) golden age when KG was the face of the organization as he stalked the court intimidating both opponents and teammates alike.

(photo credit: Minnesota Timberwolves PR/Twitter)