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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. Jay - May 14, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    That has to be the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. How can Lebron be selfish or sas you as (me, me, me) when he averages more than 10 assist for the season and playoffs. Are you numb in the head. He is one of the most giving superstars in the game that can really shoot the ball and create difficult match-ups.

  2. Salem22 - May 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Hopefully James will now grow up now.

  3. Tee - May 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Even if LeBron goes to another team, what’s gonna guarantee they will win a title. What you all saw in Game 5 and Game 6 is what you always will see out of LeBron…a fantastic athlete with eye popping stats who can’t seem to stomach the big time.

  4. adsportsfan - May 14, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    How is it we so often and consitently forget. It’s Defense that wins “Championships”… Superstars win “Games”.

  5. audiodoc - May 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Me, me , me ??? Wth are you talking about? Look at lebrons assists!!!

  6. Beverly Mahone - May 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Get rid of the coach! He’s an idiot and has failed to prove that he can lead a team past the regulaar season. He should’ve been fired after last season. I don’t think Danny Ferry has a clue about what a good NBA coach is made of.

  7. brian - May 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    sign and trade for a few role players to get rid of.
    L.A needs a new leader after kobe is beginning his step down. He could show LeBron how to be a true champion, how to finish the series and the game the right way.
    Now, The lakers can win titles with or without the so called King, let alone a dynasty. But imagine if he or bosh, or even dirk comes to the lakers as THE THIRD/FOURTH SCORING OPTION. thats a 5 year dynasty (MINIMUM) in the making. if lebron was smart, 5 years 60 mil with the lakers (and he gets his 9 figure money by endorsements anwyays) after kobe retires, thats an easy 5 year 125 mil resign for Lebron.

  8. beautifulvirgo - May 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Your are absolutelty right.. The King with other Kings.. and that would be the LAKERS

  9. USMC Ret. - May 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    The king should sign with the Lakers and LEARN from Kobe (the BEST player in the NBA).
    Lebron is going through the same learning process that Michael Jordan went through with the Celtics and the Pistons.
    Only when he learns to share the ball throughout the year, not when he is havinga bad day or series will he eventually win a title.
    Not to mention he doesn’t yet have the “IT” factor to take over meaningful games as Kobe can and continues to do.
    Solution: Become a Laker, learn from Kobe and Phil – in a couple of years or so, he can take over for Kobe and realll claim his crown and become the KING.

  10. DK - May 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    The main reason for cav’s loss this year is LeBron himself. If he had played game5 with little passion and dedication or atleast sat on bench and motivated his team – things could have been different.

  11. luffy - May 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    I’m a Lakerfan but I think, Lebron should stay. If he really wants a ring they have to Kick out MIKE BROWN, Jamison and Big Z. Especially Big Z, please… Then try to get Amare Stoudamire…
    PG – Mo Williams
    SG – D. West
    SF – LBJ
    PF – Amare
    C – Varejao
    Shaq and Hickson would be the back-up squad. anywayz, it won’t happen, wishful thinking, Just go to New Jersey LBJ, at least you’ll have Brook Lopez and Devin Harris!!!

  12. Tobias - May 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    LBJ has two choices before him. One of them is to make tons of money and the second option is to start collecting rings. And if he is wise he can get both. Big bucks won’t produce titles. But titles will bring big bucks. None of those teams mentioned NYK, Nets, Bulls or even Heat are going to be next year’s winners. Only teams which are already title contenders are going to win the title next year..And even if they put some nice players together it still may take 2-3 years to get the ring and by them the pressure should be unbearable.Just think about all of NY media telling you that you have to win the title even before the ink gets dry.
    My piece of advice is to go somewhere like the Spurs. Very serious organization, top 3 coach,championship experiece, and playing next to 3 future HoF with 10 rings can humble any player in the league.

  13. DMNEV - May 15, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    There are many reasons why the Cavaliers lost to the Celtics. 1) Mo Williams is not a great point guard, he could not guard Rajon nor Ray Allen, he is a shoot first point guard. 2) Antawn Jamison was severely outplayed by Garnett. NBA basketball is a game of match up and Cleveland did not match up well in either of those situations. 3) LaBron James was hampered by an injury and not 100%. 4) Coach Brown is a defensive minded coach, and needs help with offensive strategy. 5) Boston outplayed the Cavaliers in most phases of the game because they hussled harder than Cleveland. In the end, Cleveland gave up, cried ‘No Mas’ and didn’t even try in the last several minutes of the game. Simply put, Boston wanted it more than Cleveland did! And a healthy Celtics team is better than Cleveland in at least 3 of the five starting spots. The problem for Boston is trying to keep the aged healthy throughout the playoffs. The problem for Cleveland is much harder to fix in the short term.

  14. green - May 16, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    I am always amazed by the former coaches giving such great advice on how Mike Brown should have played and positioned Lebron during the series against the Celtics, or any other team for that matter.
    If these guys were so good they would probably be still coaching……..they were FIRED, not for doing a great job, but for sucking…….if ever hired again, maybe they should take their own advice.

  15. pushbricks - May 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM


  16. Kayoss - May 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Lebron should just go to the WWE and tag team with the undertaker because he have a better chance of winning a championship there than with the Cavs, Knicks, or Nets.
    Joking aside, the best move he can do now is to go to the Bulls. He will have better supporting cast their and a higher chance of winning a championship. Thats if he dont mind being in a city where everyone knows who the real King is.
    I was dissappointed in the Cavs this year (by the way im a lakers fan), really wanted to see Kobe vs Lebron match up in the championship game. Forget the regular season, the championship game is when you bring 110% of what you got and prove to the world that you belong their.

  17. badlion - May 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    That comment above about only a few teams being able to sign Lebron – isn’t any team able to sign him? Regardless of cap space? It’s a matter of the ownership willing to dole out a max contract and willing to pay the luxury tax if they indeed do sign him. At least that’s how I interpret it. If Lebron wants rings and legacy, he’ll go to a franchise with pedigree, and as one person commented, one with another superhero to complement his Batman. His best choices – San Antone, Boston, the Lake Show, even Orlando with Howard, or Miami with Wade, or Chicago with Rose and Noah. Everywhere else, he’ll continue his current path – the best player on a non-contending team.

  18. Spike - May 21, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    LeBron said he would like to play with Bosh and visa versa. The only place that is happening is in Toronto. They easily have the richest owners in the NBA [ A PENSION FUND WORTH OVER 500 BILLION ] and their general manager said they could go over the luxury tax next year.

  19. Anonymous - May 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Funny you should say Lebron is a me, me, me player whenever he is one of the people who lead the NBA in assists.

  20. lebronfan - May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    The Magic is a losing team. Boston is dragging them every night. Nelson, are you kidding me ? He has been a non-factor for this current series. As a matter of fact, the whole team including the coach is a non-factor.

  21. lebronfan - May 24, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    You evidently haven’t been watching basketball very long. LeBron has alway shown up to play. This is the first series that he hasn’t and I think there are some underlying factors behind that. Even in game 6 when he had a triple double, where were the rest of the team? NONEXISTENT! Basketball is a team sport. Those other 4 players are getting checks also. Make them earn their money.

  22. lebronfan - May 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    You might want to stick to surfing because you surely don’t know basketball..The CAVS have no team without LeBron. No one in the starting line-up of the Cavs with the exception of LeBron can walk on to any other roster and start;including SHAQ. For years, the CAVs have made piss poor trades and gotten discount/reject players from other clubs and expected Lebron to make them a championship team. LeBron plays every night. Where is the rest of the team?

  23. lebronfan - May 24, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    You might want to stick to surfing because you surely don’t know basketball..The CAVS have no team without LeBron. No one in the starting line-up of the Cavs with the exception of LeBron can walk on to any other roster and start;including SHAQ. For years, the CAVs have made piss poor trades and gotten discount/reject players from other clubs and expected Lebron to make them a championship team. LeBron plays every night. Where is the rest of the team? Let me see those stats!

  24. Luke Perry - May 27, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    queen james will just quit on his next coach, team, and fans like he did this year. i honestly wonder if he made a large bet before the game.

  25. lebronfan - May 27, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    he will fit in there. former jailblazer keeping it real

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