Thank You Kevin…


This was my tribute to Kevin Garnett the day that he got traded….

When Kevin Garnett was drafted in 1995 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, he quickly became my fan favorite and that of many others. We all had the chance to watch him go from “The Kid” to “The Big Ticket” and even to “The Franchise”. We all had the chance to watch him take our Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs, and although it was tough, he never gave up. We all had the chance to watch him win the first MVP in franchise history. Best of all, we all had the chance to watch what might be the best player in history when all is said and done, play in blue and green for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It has truly been a rough past couple of days, first starting with the rumors. When they became more serious, and a deal was eventually agreed upon, it got even harder. Tonight, when I had to watch him hold up a new color of green with a new number and a name on a different jersey, it was easily the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to watch.

I knew this might be coming, the rumors had been going on forever. There was always the chance that he might not be here next season, that the last game he played last season might be his last in our uniform. But now that it has finally happened, it’s hard for me to take, and after it sinks in, it’ll just be harder.

Next season, when Opening Day rolls around, it’ll be tough not to see Kevin in our jersey. It’ll be tough to watch him in another uniform in front of new fans, and most of all, to watch him help another franchise, city and team win a championship.

Instead of looking at all the negative things, lets move on, and instead thank Kevin for being a Timberwolf in ‘Sota for so long, and look back at all the memories he created for all of us.

Thank You Kevin….

…for the 12 seasons you spent in Minnesota entertaining us, sticking with it through the toughest times and taking the team past the first round.

…for brining our team its first ever MVP award winner.

…for representing our team in the All-Star game 10 times, and even one time winning the All-Star MVP.

…for showing us that all professional athletes aren’t selfish by not only helping with the hurricane, but many other things, and winning the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

…for setting our franchise records in points (19,041), rebounds (10,542), assists (4,146), blocked shots (1,576), steals (1,282) and games played (927).

…for always showing class, playing hard, never giving up and always playing the game the way it should be played.

…for helping take the Wolves to the playoffs eight times, and finally to the second round in 2004.

…for helping us capture our first divisional title in the 2004 season, and also helping us get to the Conference Finals.

…for not ever making excuses for losing or excuses for the poor play of the team.

And finally…

…for being the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, the NBA and most of all, the whole state of Minnesota.

I could go on and on, but that would take hours. Kevin has done so many great things, and has always showed class while doing it.

What I really want to say from all us fans is, thank you Kevin for everything that you’ve ever done for us and others. This trade is very hard for us to take, and you will be missed in our arena and city for a very long time. We wish you the best of luck in Boston, and there is nobody else that I would rather see complete his, what will be Hall of Fame career, by winning your first NBA title. Someday you will see your number twenty-one Timberwolves jersey in Minnesota again, only then, it will be above the fans in the rafters.

We can’t wait to see you back in the Target Center this season, and I promise, you’ll be able to add the longest standing ovation in team history to your list of accomplishments.

Thank You, and Best of Luck.

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