If You Didn't Crack A Smile When Kevin Garnett Posterized Blake Griffin Then You Aren't Truly A Sports Fan
I am a Blake Griffin fan. I am a Clippers fan. However, above all, I am a sports fan. When Kevin Garnett rose up on a fast break last night and put Blake Griffin on a FatHead (pretty sure kids don't do posters anymore, could be wrong) it was impossible for the child in me not to get excited. It's not even about Blake Griffin getting emasculated by having someone put their nuts on his chin, like he has done to so many people before. It was about a player in the twilight of his career reminding us what he meant to sport. It brought everyone, who was alive to witness them, back to the glory days of the NBA. Back to the days I was a snot nosed little punk walking around in silver Marbury's sneaks with my scrawny little arms sticking through the holes of a teal Garnett jersey. The days when a player like Kevin Garnett, a high school phenom turned All-Star, were one of a kind. Before there was Dirk Nowitzki, or Anthony Davis, or even Blake Griffin, there was Kevin Garnett. Shit, if you ignore who was playing defense and pretend he's wearing one of those classic all-black Timberwolves jerseys, that play would fit seamlessly into a 1999 highlight reel. Watching him play limited minutes just months before his 40th birthday doesn't do justice to a career that revolutionized professional basketball.
In a way, it's a shame that Garnett's season has to continue. You know how most athletes want to go out on top with a Championship? Well, the Minnesota Timberwolves are improving, but they are nowhere near ready to compete for a title. Kevin Garnett rising up and dunking on perhaps the best young, versatile big man in the NBA would have been the ultimate swan song. The most fitting walk-off a player could possibly have. KG throwing it down, screaming, and talking shit to anyone that even so much as glanced at him should have been immediately proceeded by him walking through the tunnel and in to NBA lore. That's how good of a moment it was. A moment that showcased exactly who Kevin Garnett was in his prime. A moment where he got to look at Blake Griffin and say "I made you possible". That should be the lasting image we have of Kevin Garnett, not him averaging 3 points a game while playing 15 minutes a night.