“People who follow basketball will probably appreciate my craft and what I’ve done for the game.”

“I live for my sport. I support everything about it. I care about the well being of it and its current state and its post-state when I leave it.”

“I can’t ask a teammate to do something I’m not willing to do. Got to look at myself first. You should always look at yourself.”

“I literally and truly don’t care how many points I score. I get far more satisfaction out of doing the other things that make us winners.”

“I don’t think in the past. I don’t think in the future. You grasp the moment.”

“If you think individual, that’s how you’re going to come off. I’ve always given ‘team’ a chance.”

“Money isn’t always going to make it happen. It’s important to be around people that have the right kind of attitude, being happy about what you’re doing.”

“To win a championship, I’d give whatever.”

“I go through life with a smile because I know things can be worse than they are.”

“One thing I’ve learned about the NBA is that you can have one good year, but you’ve always got to be progressing and working and making yourself better.”

“Satisfied? No, I’m not satisfied. There’s a lot I want to get done in the NBA.”

“I would love to do something that would make everybody I care about proud that Kevin Garnett was around.”

“It’s all about having fun. Play hard and fair, don’t hurt anybody. Feel good about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.”

“Chicago was big for me as far as developing as a person and as a basketball player.”

“My main focus off the court is to be humble. My mom always told me to be a presentable young man. I’m not going to pretend to be something that I’m not and act a certain way for people. I plan on being myself. I like having a good time, but I still carry myself in an orderly fashion.”

“I went with my heart. No regrets. no looking back.”

“I’ll always have a kid in me.”

“I want to stand out. After my career is over, I want people to say, ‘He was different.’ It’s not to be outrageous. I just want people to know that when I played ball, I was having fun.”

“I don’t play basketball for the money. I don’t play it for the crowd. When I didn’t have a friend, when I was lonely, I always knew I could grab that orange pill and go hoop. I could go and dunk on somebody. If things weren’t going right, I could make a basket and feel better.”

“I’ve been a leader practically my whole life. I don’t know what it is to follow.”

“I’ve always been a player and a person who wanted to be the best at whatever he did.”

“I dedicated myself to this game without even knowing it. I learned it like it was my homework.”

“I think big—that’s what my mother taught me. If you think small and accomplish it, what does it mean? Who cares? To me the sky’s the limit, and I’m going to try and get there.”

“My idea is, I shine, you shine. If I’m doing well and you’re with me, you do well.”

“I go crazy trying to energize people, ’cause that’s what I am. I’m a battery. If you’re down, you can plug into me and get charged up.”

“I leave my heart on the court every night. I earn my keep.

“I’ll bring what I bring to the tale, but it’s good to know you have two guys with the experience and know-how in big games.”

“This is the reason we came here. This is the reason we got together.

“I've always tried to be the person who says things no one else wants to say. I've always kept it in house, as opposed to going to the papers.”

“I'm old school. I'm locked into my own little circle. If you cross the line, you're going to get bit. They'll always know where I'm coming from and once we hit the floor, there's no doubt.



Kevin Garnett, Milk poster

 

 


Kevin Garnett,
2000 ESPN The Magazine

 

 


Kevin Garnett,
1997 Upper Deck


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