With Kobe Bryant’s extended farewell tour over since April and Tim Duncan slipping quietly into retirement to start this week, Garnett is the next logical aging NBA star to face a decision to play or not in 2016-17.
If he does, the face and heart of Minnesota Timberwolves franchise will set a record for the longest career (22 years), surpassing Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. He also will be hoping to improve upon, or at least not decline further from, his least impactful season ever: Garnett averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.6 minutes, appearing in only 38 games and none after Jan. 23 due to knee soreness.
“I just asked him, ‘Kevin, what are you going to do?’ His answer was, ‘I’d really like to play next year ‘cuz I’d like to go out knowing we got into the playoffs,’ ” Taylor said.
“Then he said, ‘I don’t know if I can.’
Source: Steve Aschburner of NBA.com
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