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Kevin Garnett: Teaching young Wolves like shaking a box of puppies


Kevin Garnett, who is not expected to contribute as much on the floor as in the glory days of his Hall of Fame-worthy career, brought out a rather bizarre analogy to describe the mentoring role he has taken on with his many young teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves, likening his methods to … shaking up a box full of puppies.

“You know, it’s almost like putting a bunch of puppies in a box, and shaking it up, and watch the puppies go at it a little bit. [laughs],” Garnett’s comments are transcribed in part by SB Nation. “But it’s fun. You like to see growth … and more importantly, you wanna see what you do in practice carry over to games, so we just gotta be consistent. That’s the thing I’ve been telling our guys…”

Practically speaking, the Timberwolves boast one of the youngest rosters in the league, even though the average age of a player is 27.6 years old (per RealGM), a number inflated by having the 39-year-old Garnett, the 29-year-old Andrew Miller and the 35-year-old Tayshaun Prince skewing the average age. But with Karl Anthony-Towns and Tyus Jones at 19 years of age and Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine only 20, there are a lot of young “pups” comprising the Wolves’ roster.

And apparently, as KG sees it, the only way to teach them to grow is to put them in a box and shake it up. Metaphorically speaking, of course.