Kevin Garnett is a basketball legend who just announced his retirement from the NBA after 21 years on the court.
Here’s a bunch of interesting facts you did not know about the superstar!
1.Kevin Maurice Garnett was born May 19th, 1976 to Shirley Garnett.
2.He has two sisters, one younger and one older.
3.He grew up in Mauldin, South Carolina where he played for the local high school.
4.He absolutely loves Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” series of books.
5.In his senior year of high school, he moved to Chicago and played for the local basketball team where he was named Mr. Basketball in Illinoi.
6.In the summer of 2004 he married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla, which forced him to miss the Olympics.
7.Kevin has several tattoos, including one with his initials and another one that reads “Blood, Sweat and Tears”.
8.Even though he had multiple scholarship offers, he chose to forgo college and go straight up to the pros.
9.He was drafted fifth overall in 1995 by the Minnesota Timberwolves and immediately became their franchise player.
10.He has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.
11.Every mourning he drinks Gatorade mixed with coffee to wake up.
12.He is a big fan of memorabilia and has kept every single game jersey he has ever used.
13.Back in 2004 he won the NBA’s MVP award for the season.
14.He is a big fan of Olympic sprinter Marion Jones.
15.In NBA circles his nickname is “The Big Ticket”, due to his ability to fill stadiums during road games with people that came to see him play.
16His pre-game routine involves banging his head across the basket several times while talking to himself.
17.He is a notorious trash talker that has gotten into fights with multiple other athletes, such as Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony.
18.He is a part owner of the Italian football team AC Roma.
19.He once yelled at his teammate Glenn Davis so hard during a game that he made him cry in the bench.
20.Garnett is also famous for often getting into fights with other NBA players such as Dwight Howard , Amare Stoudemire and many others.
21.He was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, where his got his first and only NBA championship and made two trips to the NBA finals.
22.One time in Boston, he slapped the plate out of the hands of a team doctor because he tried to eat before the players did.
23.In 1997 he signed a seven year, 126 million contract. His agent couldn’t locate him to finalize the deal because he was demoing a Janet Jackson album with his friend. He made the deadline with less than an hour left.
24.There is great uncertainty surrounding his actual height and he has probably lied about it. He is listed at 6′ 11″ although most NBA players agree that he must be at least 7′ 1″.
25.One of his most iconic moments is after he won the NBA championship, where he stood in the center of the court screaming “Anything is possible” to the camera.
26.He was notoriously hard to the rookies on his team. When he was in Brooklyn, Mason Plumlee, a rookie at the time, made the mistake of ordering his food before the veterans did. Garnett took his food away and gave it to veteran Reggie Evans and made Plumlee serve food to every veteran on the plane.
27.He is the youngest player in NBA history to play 1000 games and holds several other records.
28.During his rookie season he created space in his locker room using a doormat and some tape and he made everyone knock the imaginary door before talking to him.