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Report: Kevin Garnett eyes post-basketball position with Nets

Jul 27, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn Reuters

It hasn’t been made official yet, but it’s been reported that Kevin Garnett will in fact return to play out the final year of his contract with the Nets next season, despite his longtime teammate Paul Pierce leaving for Washington.

But with retirement coming soon after Garnett completes his 20th NBA season, what’s next?

A position in Brooklyn’s front office, or with the team in some capacity, may be n the horizon.

From Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game:

Could Kevin Garnett be with the Brooklyn Nets beyond his playing career? One person tied in to the organization thinks so. In an interview released Saturday with CLNS Radio, Nets play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle sees Garnett having a role in the Nets organization after his retirement.

“This could be just the start of a long-term relationship,” Eagle said. “Kevin’s got a lot of interests outside of just playing basketball, as we know, and I think he saw Brooklyn as an opportunity to try to capitalize on a number of those interests. When the smoke clears, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Garnett has some role moving forward beyond his basketball-playing years, whether it’s within the Nets organization, whether it’s with ownership, whether it’s within the marketing aspect of this team, whether it’s just within Brooklyn. That could be something to keep an eye on down the road. Kevin sees a bigger picture here than just playing one more year with the Nets.”

That potential opportunity, along with the $12 million remaining on his current deal are excellent reasons not to bail on the team for next season.

It’ll be interesting to see if this happens, and if so, in what capacity. Garnett has been a maniac on the court throughout his career — as intense a competitor as there is, although one that hasn’t always seemed completely mentally stable. That type of fire doesn’t exactly translate to a lot of other areas of business, but Garnett’s experience and Hall of Fame credentials may make him an interesting fit in a variety of post-basketball roles nonetheless.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I thought he was already retired, the way he played.

  2. genericcommenter - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Trust me. Mental instability can go a long way in business.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Ask Charlie Sheen. He’ll tell ya.

  3. canucks30 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Kevin Garnett looks like DMX

  4. swaggerjackin01 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Da Kid will be offered a piece of the Timberwolves ownership and probably a front office position. Considering his relationship with Flip, Glen Taylor and the fact that everyone in Minnesota loves him, that situation makes a lot more sense than Brooklyn.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      God, I hope not. Taylor is too star struck to ever get rid of any ex-players if they don’t perform, and I’m not sure how well KG would do in an off court role.

  5. drewzducks - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comrade Kevin.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Good one.

  6. mackcarrington - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I can see Garnett in some kind of position in Human Resources or Sensitivity Counseling.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Very good one.

  7. money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Id wanna work for a billionaire too.

  8. csbanter - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    It seems like KG T-Wolves days never happened. What about his time with the Celtics ? NBA contracts are awesome, guys that should be playing in rec-leagues can still earn 8 figures .

  9. asimonetti88 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Hard work, intensity and competitive fire don’t translate to business? What type of business do you work in?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Food Co-op manager in Oregon.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Did he just storm into Mikhail Prokhorov’s office, demand Billy King get fired, and ask for his job? I hear that’s how things are done in Brooklyn.

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