The Minnesota Timberwolves have been warned that life as they know it will change drastically once Kevin Garnett enters the locker room:
“As one of our veteran guys told our young guys yesterday, ‘Hey, listen, when KG walks in the locker room your phones better be tucked away, because if they’re not, they’re going to get thrown in the toilet on game night,’ ” Saunders noted.
“He changed their culture,” Saunders said of Garnett’s time with the Boston Celtics. “Doc (Rivers) told me that. They had veteran players and everything else, but when he went in the locker room, the music was cut off and everything.”
Garnett is expected to immediately become Cultural Minister of the Wolves. He’s unofficially in charge of changing the attitude, the habits, the expectations of the young team. The locker room will become something like Father Flanagan’s Boys Town — home for wayward boys — with Garnett starring in the title role.
First player to burst into tears on the bench, a la Glen Davis? My money’s on Anthony Bennett.
Dunk champ Zack Lavine already offered KG his old locker, who declined. The kids – 11 guys are younger than 26 – better fall inline, because KG is going to be around awhile. There’s a new report that Garnett will sign a 2 year extension and form an ownership group with Flip Saunders and make a bid to current owner Glen Taylor.
Man, do I miss KG. I realize the Pierce/KG trade to Brooklyn may go down as one of the greatest heists in league history, but I wish KG was around to mentor Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, James Young and Marcus Smart.