After announcing his retirement from playing in the NBA last week, Kevin Garnett already has an open invitation to come back to the league — this time as a coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Garnett announced the end to his 20-year NBA playing career last week, but the league is already trying to reel one of its most tenured stars back in. This time, however, instead of suiting up in a jersey and high-tops, he would be in a suit and tie.
The report comes from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who talked to Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
"“I talked to him about it,” Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. “I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back — ‘I might do it’ — but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”"
Lue isn’t the first to extend an open invitation to Garnett, as Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers — who coached Garnett for six years in Boston — said Garnett was welcome to join his roster as a player in L.A.
Garnett turned down the offer to join Rivers and company as a player, but he was in Los Angeles today working out with Blake Griffin for fun today.
Garnett as a coach would make sense, and it wouldn’t be his first time in a leadership role. Garnett played the last year-an-a-half in Minnesota, the place where he started his professional career, where he was brought in to mentor one of the youngest, but still promising, rosters in the NBA.
He only played 664 minutes during his second stint in Minnesota, so most of his mentoring came from off of the court.
Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves center who won rookie of the year, posted a tribute on Instagram after Garnett officially retired.
Towns’ father told Fox Sports that “KG is the best thing that ever happened to Karl-Anthony.”
Despite Garnett’s unpredictable persona on the court, it appears he knows how to be a leader off it should he accept the Cavaliers’ offer.