Filed precisely under the category of … Not [really, truly] knowing what you’ve got [exactly] until it’s gone …
A tremendous piece by Steve Aschburner, On the Man, the Mission, and the Meaning, of KG.
Garnett gone from the Wolves without a trace
[Randy] Foye, in overlapping with [Kevin] Garnett for one season here, says he learned plenty from the veteran. It goes beyond the seating protocol on the team’s charters that he mentions at first, or a pecking order of who eats first or last on those flights. It’s the sort of stuff that, if Foye preserves it and pays it forward, truly can be a Garnett legacy within the Wolves. Right now, though, the guard from Villanova mostly pines for it.my rookie year,” said Foye, who has sputtered in the season-plus since. “No matter what happened, if I made a mistake, I’d look at him and he’d go [Foye balls up a fist and pumps it], like ‘It’s all right. Keep your head up.’
“One thing I miss about him is, he just let me go. That’s why I was so successful
“It makes you feel better. It’d be like that for anyone in their work, if there was a legend who pumped you up. For a young player, that just boosted my confidence. Sometimes, in my rookie year, I felt like an All-Star out there because he let me do what I wanted and when I got it going, he let me go.”
In games, Foye said, it was like having your big brother there to hold your coat in a schoolyard fight. “There was a swagger,” he said. “KG would come out and hit a shot, and it was like, ‘Everybody, we’re in this together. I’m patrolling it, but everybody who’s got a white jersey on, we’re in it together.’ “
From Farragut Academy, in Chicago …
It is going to be a bitter-sweet moment this evening, for one and all, at the Target Center.
THE MAN has come back to his birthplace, in the NBA … this time, Fully Certified.