There are a lot of signs that the NBA is back. Articles declaring the Golden State Warriors as the eventual league champions surround us. LeBron is back in your sphere of influence. Charles Barkley is starting to say dumb things again. And perhaps the clearest sign of all is that Kevin Garnett is swearing on live TV.
Garnett’s inability to stop himself from cursing on live basketball programming has been so apparent that TNT installed a bleep button for him back in 2016. Even then it didn’t work. That doesn’t seem to faze the broadcaster as Garnett has taken on an unconventional host role on “Area 21” and run with it since retiring.
Would a new season bring with it a change for Garnett? Would he settle into more of a traditional role, sharing insight without the use of naughty language? Clearly, you don’t know how Kevin works.
Garnett appeared on NBA on TNT’s Tip-Off show on Tuesday night to offer some unique insight. As Jimmy Butler attempts to force his way out of Minnesota, Garnett actually has some experience on the matter. He too was a Timberwolves star who decided to leave town in search of better opportunities, so his opinion carries some weight in how Butler is going about it.
As expected, Garnett did not mince words.
“I totally understand (Butler). I totally get it. And he’s dealing with Glen, who doesn’t know shit about basketball. He knows how to make money, but he don’t know anything about basketball. I wouldn’t say that he’s the best basketball mind.”
Well, at least you always know where you stand with Kevin Garnett. His opinion might also be influenced by the fact that Garnett expected to get a front office job with Minnesota a few years back but feels those plans were spurned by Taylor. Taylor also hasn’t looked too smart in recent weeks as he seems to have blown up a trade deal with the Miami Heat.
In an interview with The Athletic last week, Garnett did say both parties are being a little silly about the entire situation.
“I think both sides are a little delusional. I think Jimmy thinks his worth is a little more than what it is. He’s a very good player. I don’t see him on the (Kevin Durant) and LeBron (James) level. But if they are A-plus, he’s definitely A, A-minus. I don’t know if he had the power to come out and force a trade like this. … I don’t know if Jimmy has enough juice to be that.”
Keep that bleep button handy, TNT. And keep the Kevin Garnett soundbites coming.