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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. scott - May 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    lebron should go to deez nuts.

  2. Jerome Evans - May 14, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    bitch dont try to play him

  3. davidly - May 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Correction: He wishes he could trade a little of that loyalty for youth. If he had traded it, it wouldn’t have been loyalty to begin with, now would it?

  4. Nate - May 14, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Agreed Kevin Garnett stayed here and tried hard every year every game. He left Minnesotan’s with no hard feelings. He played his heart while he was here and good for him winning the championship he deserved it.

  5. vinnide64 - May 14, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    The problem with cleveland was they never got a tag team partner for Lebron, name a team in the last 20 or 30 years that had a legend playing that didn’t have a robin by his side..the 80’s Lakers had Kareem and Magic, the Celtics had Bird and McHale, Houston had the twin towers, Detroit had Thomas and Dumars, Chicago had Jordan and Pippen, San Antonio had The Admiral and Duncan, the 2000 Lakers had Shaq and Kobe, then there was Shaq and Wade, Garnett and Peirce, Kobe and Gasol, name anyone on that Cleveland team who even comes close to being Lebron’s robin! To win in the NBA you must have a batman and robin then you need a green hornet and kato, not the same level of superheroes but will get the job done (role players that contribute) Cleveland’s role players come across more as villians than heroes cus they are not consistant like A.Jamison(the penguin) watching him in the playoffs was like his homeland in Anartica.. WELL BELOW 0, A.Varejao(the bookworm) he got the skills but he’s like reading a action thriller and a love story..fastly soft, Z.Ilguaskas(egg head) his game is as cracked as the name speaks, D.Gibson(the joker) watching him in the playoffs was worth a bunch of laughs, Shaq(mr.freeze) his game is frozen in time with the Lakers and the heat, he had moments but it’s time to put his career on ice, and finally M.Williams(the riddler) that’s his game night in and night out! UH RIDDLE! guess where his game is? he seemily can’t put 2 or 3 games together scoring 20 points or more, a riddle????? you see Lebron’s problem? he is superman surrounded by supervillians! can’t win like that. Cleveland was built to win NOW and with Orlando (my boys) being built for a dynasty, and boston a collection of aging heroes that just won’t die! Atlanta is just a piece or two from contending, Chicago is growing! Miami needs a piece or two themselves leaves you to believe he sould go or wind up like other greats to be in super human status but no reward for it. Go and build a team that with his talent…wow! a New York or a Chicago could be playing in the eastern conference finals in 2 to three years.

  6. Matt - May 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    LOL. Derek Rose isn’t a superstar???

  7. steve - May 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    why are you all wasting time and energy talking about dallas, boston, and other teams. thay are all over the cap. there is only a few teams that will be able to pay him the max. knicks, jersy, clippers,and bulls.If a team wants to be sure thay lose next year all they have to do is sign shaq.they destroyed their chemistry with shaq, jamison and ilgaskaus, coming and going every other month. mike brown has no clue on how to coach.the so called king got what he deserves.maybe when he feels like he is human and not the king, stop talking about himself in third person, he will start to win.

  8. Lion Woods - May 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    King James needs a fresh start. New jersey translates into new dollars and frankly I think he has tired of the Cavaliers butt ugly uniforms. Perhaps he and his mvp trophy can go on a cruise and contemplate what could be if he signs with New York. Talk about freak show central. In any event, the leagues true MVP; Kobe will be dancing all the way to some hardware of his own come mid-June. Lakers rule!

  9. Bill-Sonora - May 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    How can you compare the Cavs to the Timberwolves?

  10. Bill-Sonora - May 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    How can you compare the Cavs to the Timberwolves?

  11. Lion Woods - May 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    King James needs a fresh start. New jersey translates into new dollars and frankly I think he has tired of the Cavaliers butt ugly uniforms. Perhaps he and his mvp trophy can go on a cruise and contemplate what could be if he signs with New York. Talk about freak show central. In any event, the leagues true MVP; Kobe will be dancing all the way to some hardware of his own come mid-June. Lakers rule!

  12. Mark - May 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Look…
    We’re going to have to wait to the very end about this. If it’s about the money, Lebron signs with Cleveland who can pay him more than anyone else. If It’s about the glamour and fame, he’ll go to New York. If it’s about winning, he’ll go to real contender. I think Chicago fits that bill better than anyone else. They already have Rose. They have room to sign Lebron and another great talent. There is your Batman and Robin. Lebron and Rose. And, by the way, Lebron is getting rid of his #23 jersey just in time.

  13. John - May 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    As far as “fit” is concerned, I think New Orleans would be a great spot for James. Along with Chris Paul and David West, I think they’d dominate.

  14. ywc - May 14, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    I really feel bad for LeBron and his team. I agree, with a winning record such as there’s their is NO WAY they should be out of the playoffs this early.
    Maybe they need to look at their coaching techniques, the players (aka Lebron’s supporting cast), and the entire game plan. There is no, I repeat..no way they should be vacationing THIS EARLY!!!!
    Lebron, you are an AWESOME player and you deserved the MVP, but a championship would’ve been NICE!!
    Take your time and make a decision that best suits you and your family.
    I wish you the best!!!!

  15. Silent Thunder - May 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Lebron, Welcome to Philadelphia!

  16. Michael - May 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Replace Vince Carter with James and tell him to just play his roleonly better and you would have something.

  17. mikesporty - May 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    LeBron will bring the trophy in LA… as a Clipper!

  18. Wayne Brady - May 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    T-Wolves fans do feel loyal to Garnett. I have season tickets (no snickering please) and the first year after he left, there were more Garnett Celtics jerseys than Wolves jerseys. Even when Sam Cassell went to the Clippers, he received more applause at Target Center than any Timberwolf who was playing. I do not know a single fan who does not have an appreciation for KG and who wasn’t hoping with all their heart that he would finally get the ring he deserved when he went to Boston. Regardless of the behind-the-scenes action and the terribleness of our team some years, he always went out there and gave it his all – something James, Wade and a few other Superstars should keep in mind.

  19. Rat Redondo - May 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Have you noticed he’s the greatest assist forward of all time?

  20. duwayne josephsson - May 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Boston has been the best team on paper since the creation of the Big 3 and now the evolution of Rondo etc. The NBA allowed the Celtics and Lakers to retool to guarantee a series of Finals featuring their 2 storied franchises as a hedge against a failing economy and complaints from sponsors of declining TV ratings if say the Spurs or Pistons made it.
    The problem was KG’s injury which allowed the Flukeness of a Magic-Laker Finals. Then came these injuries this year as Boston seem to conserve its energy while the Cavs and Magic fought for home court. OK now they are healthy and the Cavs are gone. Also note the key role Sheed played after stinking up the gym in previous games.
    The Celtics are the best team on paper in the NBA they just needed to be healthy.

  21. Brett - May 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I just heard that right now Lebron was using the bathroom, Tiger is taking a shower, and Favre was eating a snack. I’ll keep you posted as everything unfolds.

  22. Brett - May 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I just heard that right now Lebron was using the bathroom, Tiger is taking a shower, and Favre was eating a snack. I’ll keep you posted as everything unfolds.

  23. RSF - May 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    a me, me, me player?
    How ludicrous…he averaged 8.6 assists per game last season–get a clue!

  24. duwayne josephson - May 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    The comparisons between the Cavs and Timberwolves are valid in that these are 2nd tier franchises that had a great High School player which they could manage a series of Playoffs but couldn’t win the championship.

  25. NH_Bobcat - May 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    You play 82 games to fine tune your team performance. The Celtics are a proven team with great veterans. They outplayed the Cavs period. The better team did advance.
    I do agree with one thing though. Brown will be fired within a week. He was out coached by Doc.

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