KG takes the high road

March, 20, 2008
03/20/08
8:22
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Pardon me for getting to this so late, but Glen Taylor's got some nerve.

The Minnesota Timberwolves owner saying Kevin Garnett "tanked it" by sitting out the last five games of last season is as ridiculous as DeShawn "I should've gone to college" Stevenson calling LeBron James "overrated."

If anyone could be accused of tanking it, it's Taylor:

First, for sticking with VP of Basketball Ops Kevin McHale for so long.

Exactly what has McHale done to deserve 15 years at the helm of the Wolves? He's been no better than the other two legends who are currently catching heat -- Isiah Thomas and Larry Bird -- for their mismanagement of their ball clubs.

And second, for firing Coach Dwane Casey last season in favor of Randy Wittman.

Casey, who was in just his second season, had a 20-20 record midway through last season and his Wolves were in position to make the playoffs in the mighty Western Conference.

Wittman, who hadn't exactly lit the world on fire as head coach of the Cavaliers (62-102), carried the same team to a 12-30 record over the remainder of the season.

That's not to mention the fact that KG remained loyal TO A FAULT to the Timberwolves.

Unlike Vince, 'Zo, Kobe and others, he never asked out of Minnesota in search of greener pastures. He was determined to the end to try and make a winner out of the only franchise he had ever known.

So Taylor should keep his irrational musings to himself. Like his team, they're embarrassing.

The classy way in which KG responded to Taylor's nonsense only makes the Wolves' boss look even more foolish and childish.

"I'm in Boston right now," KG said Tuesday after his Celtics ended Houston's win streak. "I care less what Glen Taylor thinks of Kevin Garnett. … That's nonsense. I don't even know why he would bring that up, but, you know, it shows the taste of some people."

He continued: "Glen Taylor was good to me while I was a Timberwolf. I'm a Boston Celtic now. I'm not going to be going back and forth and saying tasteless things. That's not in my character. I'll let him speak if he wants to.

"I have nothing to do with the Minnesota Timberwolves. That's my past and I'm in a new chapter in my life. I thank him for the opportunity, for giving me, when I was younger, being able to not only explore my dream, but to make it to where I am today. And that's all I'm going to say about that."

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