We cannot deny that Kevin Garnett was not your ordinary NBA superstar for various reasons. For one, throughout his entire career, KG always gave it all he got on the court. His intensity was impeccable and matched his overall qualities as a player. He always played his heart out, and it's no surprise that Garnett, at one point during his retirement, felt the itch to return to the NBA.
KG wanted to make a comeback
Unlike his fellow retired NBA stars, Garnett, who called it a career in 2016, had trouble accepting he's playing years were over. In a phone interview with The Associated Press in 2017, "The Big Ticket" admitted that 20 years of dedication to always be at his best was not easy to brush off.
According to KG, he had sleepless nights as he realized that his body wouldn't succumb to inactivity. Garnett confessed that it reached the point where his wife was starting to think that something was wrong with him.
"You get sweaty at night and I'm tossing and turning," Garnett admitted. "My wife is like, 'What the hell is wrong with you?' When you do something for so long and you start to program your body, muscle memory and everything it comes back to you inadvertently."
What about coaching?
After quite some time, Garnett's body eventually accepted the fact that it was a bit too late for a comeback. However, his mind was still in the game.
For those who don't know, Garnett planned to become part of the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching staff or front office. Unfortunately, everything collapsed when his former coach Flip Saunders passed away in 2015. KG thought he and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor had a deal. However, things took a huge turnaround when Saunders died, and it wasn't going with the original agreement. So as much as Garnett loved to infuse the young Minnesota squad with his knowledge of the game, he knew it would never work out.
"I told Thibs [then-T'Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau] I want to work with him, but obviously me and Glen [Taylor] don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of things and that's how it's going to be," he explained.
From the looks of it, it appears that we'll never see Garnett take part in the Timberwolves organization as long as the team is under Taylor's management. And it's hard not to imagine how good Minnesota would be with KG on it.