At 38, Kevin Garnett’s NBA career is nearing its end. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the 15-time all-star is ready to completely walk away from the game. Brooklyn Nets play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle said in an interview on CLNS radio that Garnett might hold a role inside the Nets organization after he hangs ‘em up.
From The Brooklyn Game:
“This could be just the start of a long-term relationship,” Eagle said. “Kevin’s got a lot of interests outside of just playing basketball, as we know, and I think he saw Brooklyn as an opportunity to try to capitalize on a number of those interests. When the smoke clears, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Garnett has some role moving forward beyond his basketball-playing years, whether it’s within the Nets organization, whether it’s with ownership, whether it’s within the marketing aspect of this team, whether it’s just within Brooklyn. That could be something to keep an eye on down the road. Kevin sees a bigger picture here than just playing one more year with the Nets.”
It’s interesting that Garnett would desire a role with the Nets, who he only has played with for one season, instead of a team such as the Boston Celtics with whom he has a much greater history with. Perhaps Garnett is drawn to the big market of Brooklyn and the willing-to-spend nature of this team.
Still, with Garnett’s well-documented passion for basketball, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s interested in remaining around the game.
Garnett averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game with the Nets this past season.