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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. Mofasa - May 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    What Cavaliers need is a compitent coach who can coach superstars and knows how utilize the talents he has. Lebron can stay in cleaveland with the same roaster and add a great coach. Then, they will win. Apparantly, the only coach that can coach a player like Lebron James is Phil Jackson. No other coach in NBA can handle James properly.

  2. MIKE - May 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    come to san antonio spurs see how a real championship team works and treats there players

  3. Jacob - May 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Lebron needs a couple of things to succeed.
    1) He needs someone that’ll take on the responsibility of leadership. He’s a great player, he doesn’t have to be a great leader as well. If you watched last nights game, you saw Garnett taking on that role for Pierce (the captain).
    2) He needs a point guard that can get him the ball somewhere besides 5 feet beyond the three point line.
    3) He needs a better coach. Frankly, if Lebron had a coach that would keep him in line and focused during games, he would be in the Eastern Conference Finals.

  4. duwayne josephsson - May 14, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Wayne Brady
    A lot of people forget what a class act KG was as he played for Minnesota and brought the possibility of a championship there. What would have happened if Marbury stayed? Of course 2 very different players and mentalities. Who could blame KG for going to Celtics after so many years of loyalty. Same for Lebron. He’s done all one could expect being loyal to Akron-Cleveland. However there is a sort of stink to his efforts in the 5th game but no one has done more as a player to bring Cleveland a championship. And in the case of his playing for the USA who else has played more of our Olympic and national teams? Yet Colangelo had a problem with James wanting to take this off-season off. He’s got 2 Gold Medals and has played almost non-stop since coming into the NBA.
    When he finally wins a Ship he will at least repeat and pop off a series of them.

  5. SurferDude - May 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Lebron will go down the path of Allen Iverson – MUCH HYPE BUT NO CHAMPIONSHIP RING. Blame the media for it. They’d better shut up because they would get more disappointed. Starting next season, there will be KEVIN DURANTS who will show that Lebron is a MERE COURT JESTER AND NOT A KING.

  6. duwayne josephsson - May 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Boston has multiple leaders. Its been an ensemble team since the arrival of KG and Allen. A sign of their class was their deference to Pierce as well as Pierce recognising what they brought to the team. Now Rondo has emerged like Parker did with the Spurs. Also Sheed was a good pickup though it doesn’t show in the stats. He’s a great tension reliever for his mates and has the respect and true friendship of many of the elite power forwards in the NBA such as KG, J. Oneal, Zach Randolph etc.
    The Cavs were developing much like the Bulls under Jordan. It was never an ensemble concept. The Celtics and Doc learned a lot from the 2004 Pistons approach that if this is done with elite players swallowing their ego then better results for that team. This is one of the reasons those Pistons declined because other coaches were able to sell the concept to their superstar based teams. And its one of the reasons the Celtics signed Sheed.

  7. SurferDude - May 14, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    The current roster in Cleveland is the BEST roster Lebron could ever get. Three big men – Shaq, Varejao, Ilgauskas (they even brought him back in a calculated trade). When they failed last season against the Magic, they acknowledged that the only piece they needed was a big man. Now that they have Shaq, what happened? They are a much better team now with Jamison, Williams and West plus the 3 big men.
    Bottom line: LEBRON WILL NEVER BE AT THE LEVEL OF MIKE AND KOBE. He chokes up a lot in bigger and brighter stage.
    Stop calling him a king already.

  8. scott - May 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Lebron isnt even a top 20 player in the league. Give me Brian Scalabrine or Troy Murphy anyday over him. He should have gone to college to get some experience, then maybe he would actually have some game.

  9. as of - May 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    not yet

  10. duwayne josephsson - May 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Who? All the ‘great’ coaches have jobs. Unless you are talking Byron Scott and Avery Johnson.

  11. nysro - May 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    He is going to the WNBA, to be the first man to play there.

  12. SurferDude - May 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Let’s see how this “ensemble” team match up with the Magic.

  13. Omnius - May 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Kevin Garnett certainly knows the darkside of a small town franchise and his sage advice for LeGone James to leave Cleveland’s Rocked should be listened to. Unless Greedy James decides to cut back the amount of money he’s been stealing from the Cadaverliers so they can invest in some quality players he will always keep Cleveland a loser. But then Greedy James won’t cut back his money, he wants his cash stash more than he wants rings.

  14. Omnius - May 14, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Kevin Garnett certainly knows the darkside of a small town franchise and his sage advice for LeGone James to leave Cleveland’s Rocked should be listened to. Unless Greedy James decides to cut back the amount of money he’s been stealing from the Cadaverliers so they can invest in some quality players he will always keep Cleveland a loser. But then Greedy James won’t cut back his money, he wants his cash stash more than he wants rings.

  15. scott - May 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I heard he is going to play quarterback for the Vikings.

  16. SurferDude - May 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    James gets nervouus in a bigger and brighter stage. Proof of that is the nine turnovers in the wrap-up game of the series. Cleveland will be a better team without him.

  17. SurferDude - May 14, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Shaq compare Kobe and Lebron as a team mate. This will all boil down to who gave him a ring. Kobe or Lebron?

  18. jonnymac - May 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    the problem with cleveland is that Lebrick CHOKED…..end of story….it was simply hilarious seeing all the media coverage after the loss as the press finally realized the emperor (or in this case king) has no clothes. Now maybe you suckers will all realize that Kobe is the best hands down, the past and current legacy to Jordan.

  19. NH_Bobcat - May 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    My biggest regret is that this game was on ESPN and not TNT. I wanted to listen to Charles Barkley cry some more.

  20. Lenny - May 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    yes yes yes, Kobe is the REAL best player in the NBA!!!! Can’t believe these sports journalists are already writing off the guy that already has 4 rings!!!! C’mon haters, BRING IT!!!!

  21. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Bring James to Chi and sign Bosh.

  22. jamesb43 - May 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    This is still a business. Lebron will make a business decision!
    What ever decision it will be his to make. I think he will follow the money but maybe not.ency

  23. David - May 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    I heard that he’s been hooking up with Sasha Vuyasick and they’re going to get engaged this summer, get sex changes and move to New York to play for the New York Liberty. No lie…Stuart Scott just said that.

  24. scott - May 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    they are both getting sex changes or just one of them?

  25. scott - May 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Dwight Howards new movie looks amazing!!!!

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