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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. Professoressa - May 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    LeBron’s best move probably will be to leave Cleveland. But if he stays, Mike Brown needs to go. He’s not good with in-game adjustments and he’s proven that time, after time, after time. In theory, there’s no reason why that team shouldn’t have won this series. You don’t have the league’s best record for no reason at all.
    Chicago really could be a good fit. New York, not so much. I don’t really think LeBron needs to be in a place with another All-Star, he just needs younger and better role players. Not the crap he got in Cleveland.

  2. Steve Real - May 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Bring lebron James to Boston.

  3. Anthony - May 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Bring LeBron to Orlando!!!! James – Howard – Nelson could be a dynasty for years!!!!

  4. The real deal - May 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Lebro james to Boston is the worst Idea I have ever heard.

  5. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    What? LeBron is too much of a me me me player … the Magic are a TEAM – don’t mess with that!

  6. mathurinbailou@yahoo.com - May 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I think that Mike Brown must leave Cleveland. He seems to be not very well prepared to bring this team to the title, he has a big star, Lebron, but he doesn’t know how to use him. If you take a look at Phil Jackson of the Lakers, he had coached great stars and he knew how to make them play with their team. So, he won several titles. The game against Boston could have been won by Cleveland, at the end, it is a waste, the best team with more victories during the season, went down so early.

  7. ozzie - May 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Where else should the King play other than with the other Kings?

  8. clint - May 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Can you imagine if Garnett and Allen had joined Pierce in Boston five years earlier…wow…scary for the rest of the league…They would probably be going for their third or fourth title by now.James is a king so he deserves the right to do what he chooses.

  9. madmav - May 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    LeBron, come to Dallas, we could use a real franchise player.

  10. joe - May 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Now Cleveland and Dallas have a better understanding of why the Wizards have been such a bad team. When the game is on the line Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood can be counted on to do a disappearing act.
    It would be ironic if James ends up in Washington.

  11. hypelebron - May 14, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    lebron to clippers… could you imagine how great of a fit they would be at NOT winning any championships! they’re perfect for each other!

  12. joe - May 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Now Cleveland and Dallas have a better understanding of why the Wizards have been such a bad team. When the game is on the line Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood can be counted on to do a disappearing act.
    It would be ironic if James ends up in Washington.

  13. jeff - May 14, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Detroiter Dan Gilbert should do a sign and trade to the Pistons, then sell the Cavs, buy the Pistons and hang another banner at the Palace.

  14. scott - May 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    I think he should retire and try something else.

  15. Dlux - May 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Lebron Just come to the Raiders! ! ! !

  16. benjy - May 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Bring Lebron to Boston, Rondo and James= unstoppable

  17. WhatisBBall - May 14, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Lebron, the MLS needs some great players too. Soccer can be your sport!! You would be the King of the WORLD!!! Beckham who? Ronaldo who? Lebron James, ah yes, isn’t he that nba player that came to the MLS and became a World Phenom?…. :D

  18. scott lipe - May 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    I heard that Lebron is in talks with Tartu Ulikool-Rock of the Estonian professional basketball league. They are willing to trade Sten-Timmu Sokk and Sven Kaldre, along with other cash considerations.

  19. Fish - May 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    LeBron should go to Beantown. Or L.A. Wanna win, go to these two. But can L.A. pay him? Laker’s might need to hire a new coach soon. So may Celts. But if you’ve made your money King. there’s really only 2 choices.

  20. scott lipe - May 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I heard that Lebron is in talks with Tartu Ulikool-Rock of the Estonian professional basketball league. They are willing to trade Sten-Timmu Sokk and Sven Kaldre, along with other cash considerations.

  21. Brett - May 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    When is Lebron going to start his rap career?

  22. Chris - May 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Almost all of the personnel decisions were made because that’s what Garnett wanted. Timberwolves executives were frightened to make “The Franchise” angry. Joe Smith, Latrell Sprewell, Sam Cassell? Trading away Marbury? Trading away Wally Szczerbiak? All Garnett. He was good to the fans, and McHale is an idiot, but Garnett has to blame himself just as much as anyone else in Minnesota for him leaving Minnesota.

  23. Lola - May 14, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Kevin Garnett is a class act all around. Minnesota is proud of him and we wish him the best. Love from Minnesota

  24. Tony - May 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Queen James should go to the Clippers. Tyreke Evans & co will be mean. He can kisss Kobe’s butt all year long.

  25. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I don’t understand why everybody calls him “KING”. He hasn’t been crowned anything other than rookie of the year. Sure he’s a phenomenal athlete to say the least, and can throw talcum powder 20 ft. in the air, but to be crowned “KING” is a little much. I think everybody is fascinated with his potential, which is through the roof. A “KING”….. not yet.

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