Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kevin Garnett has the monkey off his back..

they of course didn't say this, but basically his exuberation and RELIEF after finally winning an NBA Title tonight had as much to do with a huge weight finally being lifted on his career and life.

I've been a fan of his ever since he was drafted by the Wolves out-of-nowhere in June of 1995..a pretty significant month/time for me anyway. And even tho this accomplishment didn't happen for my hometown club, it did feel like part of it was won for my team and town. All those years, games, radio broadcasts, sports talk shows discussions, etc, etc..

When he made the analogy of conquering a bully finally..how it felt, I see it as basically all the people seeing him as the NBA Heir-Apparent to Jordan. KG-NBA, etc..dynamic, happy, energetic, marketable..but he never won, never had Jordan's clutch-abilty, killer-instinct. He wasn't the god that people expected him to be, especially after the league/all-of-sports changing $121 million contract.

But now, he has respect, and he's in history.

Now it's just a matter of how much of a historical statement he'll make the rest of his career and so on.

My Wolves, well, Kevin McHale who drafted him and deserves credit, very well may never find what our fanbase deserves..but then again the biggest team in this town hasn't either so it's not that surprising. But maybe, the monkey will find a way off their backs in my lifetime, given some changes happen. But without the #1 pick in the NBA draft, ever, that could be 1 change that could do that.

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