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Kevin Garnett Says He Is The Only One Qualified To Root For The Wolves and Celtics If Both Teams Reach The Finals

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics pumps himself up before a game against the Golden State Warriors on February 22, 2011 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kevin Garnett is sitting right in the middle if the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics make it to the NBA Finals. 

In a segment of Ticket & The Truth, Paul Pierce asked who he’d root for in that scenario, and Garnett is not picking teams.

Paul Pierce: Celtics play Minnesota in the Finals, what you on?

Kevin Garnett: I knew he was gonna ask that. I actually thought we was gonna cover the Knicks. Boston…

Paul Pierce: Nah, I’m sayin’, what you on, Lord? What you on Ticket?

Kevin Garnett: I’m the only one here qualified to be in this position, to hold the position that I have. I’m 50-50, Lord. I’m love-love. I’m the only one that can sit here in the middle and root for both. I’m the only one that can do that in the world. You here me? Me!

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on who KG will root for in a hypothetical Wolves-Celtics Finals matchup

The NBA postseason is just in the middle of the second round, so it’s too early to assume anything. However, it’s fun to speculate on things, and given Garnett’s history with both franchises, it’s interesting to hear what he had to say. For him to “root” for both teams is surprising, but understandable.

Garnett had an excellent career in Minnesota and Boston. He played 12 years for the Wolves and won an MVP in 2004. After Minny traded him to the Celtics in 2007, he won his only ring and DPOY in 2008 and remained there until 2013.

That said, KG had a pretty public beef with Wolves owner Glen Taylor. Garnett called Taylor a snake after the latter failed to fulfill a promise involving the late Flip Saunders. The soured relationship was probably the reason why the Wolves haven’t retired Garnett’s jersey yet.

Meanwhile, the Celtics already paid homage to the big man. They retired his No. 5 jersey back in 2022 among the dozens of Celtics legends.