Kevin Garnett is back in the NBA, although he won’t be dusting off the old #5 jersey to help the Boston Celtics with their rebounding woes.
The freshly retired big man spent a few days in training camp working with the Los Angeles Clippers big men and now he’s turned it into a consultant job as he’ll be at team practices to work with a talented front court that includes Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, former Celtic Brandon Bass and a few others who could all benefit from Garnett’s experience.
This was a job that Garnett essentially had with the Minnesota Timberwolves a year ago when he started 38 games but only averaged 14.6 minutes per night, focusing more on helping rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and other young studs on the team become better NBA players before retiring in the offseason and becoming a fixture on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”
Rumors that Garnett would get a coaching gig like this one have been out there since the day he retired. While it would have been fun and possibly helpful to see him join the Celtics, it seemed like Garnett was going to be most comfortable joining a team with a coach that he had previously played for. The connection between Clippers head coach Rivers and Garnett is easy to see, but Garnett apparently was also considering a similar offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers after developing a strong relationship with Tyronn Lue when Lue was an assistant under Rivers with the Celtics.