Kevin Garnett Hints At Retirement After This Season

When Kevin Garnett was asked how he’ll approach the NBA All-Star Game, especially after playing an exhausting 102 minutes in his last four games, he took the interviewers by surprise when he mentioned mid-sentence that his 15th All-Star appearance would be his last.

“For it being my last,” said Garnett, “I got my family coming down.”

Hold the phone, what did you just say? The reporters were surprised and asked him to follow up on the last statement.

“This is definitely my last All-Star game,” he repeated.

Garnett has two years and $23.5 million remaining on his contract after this season, and considering he was voted a starter at age 36, what’s to stop him from making the roster in either of his next two seasons?

“Y’all don’t know what I know,” he said. “So, let’s put it like this: I’m more than grateful for going, but I’m not going to act like I’ve got more All-Star Games in me, so I’m actually going to enjoy this one with some friends and family. That’s what I meant.”

Despite signing a three-year extension with the Celtics this past offseason, Garnett has repeatedly dropped hints that any season could be his last, but this is the first time this year he’s alluded to it so clearly.

Of course, it’s important not to jump to the retirement conclusion. Garnett could also be acknowledging that a) another All-Star appearance at age 37 is far from guaranteed or b) he would decline an invitation in future seasons. Either way, he’ll enjoy this All-Star Game like he did the first 14.

“The All-Star experience for me is more for friends and fam,” he said. “You’ve always got that wild-ass uncle who shows his ass. You’ve always got that friend that you have to pull to the side and have that conversation. It’s no different for me. It’s a fun time.”


More in Basketball


Blake Griffin’s Broken Hand Does Not Look Good [Photos]

If you haven’t heard, Blake Griffin broke his hand after an altercation with a Clippers’ equipment manager in which the manager’s face kept getting in the way of Blake’s hand. While this story is not as high profile as when JPP blew his hand apart, most athletes’ hands are still…

NFL: Baltimore Ravens OG John Urschel
Penn State University/State College, PA
X159500 TK1
Credit: Steve Boyle

The 10 Smartest Professional Athletes

A while back, we brought you the story of John Urschel who, at the time, we called the smartest player in the NFL. This was further proven when he competed for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014-2015 while also working on a thesis about graph eigenfunctions. Well, incredibly, he just proved himself to be a whole…


Watch Jason Maxiell Chase A Chinese Player Off The Court After Cheap Shot

Jason Maxiell spent 10 years in the NBA as a power forward before heading to China’s CBA last year where apparently things get a little more heated. Center Wu Ke shoved Maxiell in a recent game then, realizing he made a big mistake, ran as fast as his pink sneakers…


Top 10 Stupid Ways Athletes Have Injured Themselves

This via ESPN: Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team’s equipment staff during an argument, multiple sources told ESPN’s Michael Eaves. According to the sources, Griffin and the equipment staffer got into an argument in a restaurant during the team’s trip…


The First Basketball Game Was Played 124 Years Ago…And It Sounds Like It Was Awful

With a roster of 30 teams that are all worth an average of $1.25 billion, the NBA is clearly a multi-billion dollar industry. Just do the math yourself. If we simply looked at what each team is worth, the league is worth $37 billion. Add the $4.79 billion revenue generated after…


Fans Turn To Twitter To Help NBA Players Become All-Stars

The esteemed Juicy J has a song entitled “Real Hustlers Don’t Sleep.” In this song, he explains at length how “Real hustlers don’t sleep, they take naps.” And you know? I get that. If you’re trying to hustle your way to the top, you can’t get your full eight hours in.…

i (10)

Kevin Durant Makes 5-Year-Old Cancer Survivor’s Dream Come True

It’s no secret that professional athletes have no shortage of shoes at their disposal. Odell Beckham Jr. wears a different (but topical) set of cleats every week while the amount of shoes a professional basketball player owns varies. Some players buy a few pairs and stick with them for the entire season…