ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
I still have paper clips of KG in his glory days. NY Times and Sports Illustrated stories on him, posters, jerseys, videos, and a collection of him giving his opponents hell on the basketball court.
“You can’t teach the beast. It’s either in you or it isn’t. You can’t just go to the store and buy a six-pack of beast. It don’t work like that.” Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett. Your favourite’s player favourite player! The kid who broke the NBA banks, reason for the 97 lockout, the young kid who maybe changed all professional sport. Very few pro athletes have made as much difference as Garnett did in basketball. Not forgetting the intensity and toughness that came along with him as a package!
He ratcheted himself into a force to reckon with. Both by his opponents and teammates. His glory days with the wolves were among my favourite, and some of his worse ones. The 51 game losses in a season, the first round seven straight playoffs knockout. And with Sprewell and Cassell gone considering they got the wolves their most successful season (2003–2004) gone after a season nothing much could be done. We ask ourselves questions like.. ‘What if Marbury had stayed..? If the wolves had not lost any of the four first-round picks because of the illegal salary caps..? Even his knee injury in 09 with the Celtics.., and if Kendrick Perkins was good for game 7 of the 2010 finals..?
KG made you want to play ball, he made you get out to the court and express yourself. He made you look up articles on him, on the wolves made you want to play ball, he made you get out to the court and express yourself. He made you look up articles on him, on the wolves, on Flip Saunders and how he managed to contain someone like Garnett. How you’d wait on ESPN stories on him. That he was a loyal teammate and a tough opponent. An ungodly work ethic. How Doc would be surprised that he was always psyched up for every game. Practice, preseason and a game 7 NBA final game every single time! How you’d get to the court the next day at 6 a.m doing KG moves and talking to yourself like he did.
But most importantly you remember how he showed that anything was really possible if you wanted it that bad! With all those obstacles he got to win a championship in a way no one expected. His interview with John Thompson, former Georgetown coach. He was still with the wolves. He said he hadn’t slept right in about two months.
Thompson: What drives you?
Garnett: That I’m losing ( few seconds later ) that I’m losing (sniffles and shakes head ) I’m losing. ( puts up index finger and asks the camera to stop rolling ) This are tears of pain. ( pauses for a minute )
Flash forward to June 17th 2008 TD Garden. He’s kneeling atop the leprechaun logo at the center. The OG can’t hold it in any longer. He’s asked what it means to win a championship and he shouts at the top of his voice ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!’
One thing is for sure. You have to want it that bad.