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Garnett's advice to LeBron: Get out now

May 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

Garnett_James.jpgKevin Garnett was loyal to Minnesota. Timberwolves fans may not see it that way now, but he could have left much earlier than he did. But he was loyal, he was going to bring a championship there. He wanted to play for just one team, to have that legacy as the ultimate face of a franchise. However, at every turn he felt management could not put the right pieces around him.

So he bolted, went to Boston, helped revitalize that franchise and won a title.

That history colors his advice to LeBron given after Game 6 (as reported here by Ken Berger of CBS):

“Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back,” Garnett said…. “I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I’d have done it a little sooner…”

“I don’t know what’s going through his mind,” Garnett said of LeBron. “He’s a different individual. I haven’t spoken to him or anything, but the world is his. Whatever he wants it to be, whatever decisions he makes are probably going to be best for him – not only him, but for him and his family.”

Translated: Get out while the getting is good.

This was going to be the Cavalier’s year. Shaq will be 39 next year, Antawn Jamison will turn 34 (and got thoroughly outplayed by Garnett). If he stays, who knows what moves the Cavs can and will make heading into next season. But as of right now, this is not a roster built for the long haul, it was built to win now. And it didn’t.

Garnett has been there. He wishes he had traded a little of that loyalty for youth. And nobody wants to see others make he same mistakes they did.

109 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. John - 1018365 - May 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    With all due respect, while the Batman-Robin assertion is a good one, not every team had it. Houston did not have the twin towers when they won championships, only years earlier when they lost to the Celtics in the ’86 Finals. They did have Robert Horry, though, along with Cassell, Elie, K. Smith. They did have Drexler, too, for the last half of the 2nd title run, so maybe he qualifies as a Robin. The Spurs won 2 of their 4 rings w/out Robinson. But they did have Horry for at least one of those. Who was the Robin on the Detroit team that ripped it from Shaq and Kobe (of course S & K had Horry when they did win)? Did they even have a Batman? They had Hamilton, the two Wallaces, Billups, etc. Nevertheless, your basic point is correct; James needs a Robin. Or if they can’t get a Robin, maybe Horry is available (lol)?

  2. Anonymous - May 28, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    you are right there…… but for one thing i believe that lebron really needs a team mate….(superstar) that can stepped up.. every time lebron’s game is not on hype. james needs a team mate that can help him boost his full potentials as an all-star… michael jordan didnt make it just on his own…lebron needs a scottie pippen like caliber player….it could be dwayne wade or a coach like phil jackson., just like there!

  3. Woodeye - May 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Send LeBron to Denver and his mom to Chicago!

  4. Blue Parrot - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Lebron is an incredible specimen, but you have to wonder why he couldn’t finish it against the Celtics? Not saying he’s not a good player, but I don’t see the kind of “Kill the opponent” mentality that Kobe has. If I were a GM I would want Lebron cause he’s a good basketball player who can sell tickets. But if you want rings you need way more than just Lebron.

  5. phoenixboy - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    go to phoenix… all you need to do is score and score..
    nash – james – stoudamire

  6. Jay - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    If Garnett had left when says he wanted too, there’s no way to tell if he would have won a championship with the Celts or not. He could have been injured or the Celts could have acquired the wrong players early. Anyways – point being here is that everything is based around timing. If Labron needs to leave now – it’s the way it’s supposed to be.
    My personal opinion: Labron is all flash, sizzle and pop. He’s a big mac but needs some frieds and large pop to complete the combo. Wherever he goes, he’s going to need a supporting cast that echos his hunger for a title.

  7. 420lakeshow - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    lets go lakers, lets go!!!! cleaveland or boston, cleaveland or boston, glad thats its boston put ther as* in a coffin

  8. Both losers - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    I don’t see Le Bron doing much more than Dirk. They are both losers until they bring home a title.

  9. jesse - Jun 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Miami has the cap space for Lebron and Wade.

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