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Former NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett has carved out an enjoyable post-playing career by staying involved in the game, as can be read about in a wide-ranging Q&A with USA Today.
Not only is Garnett host of TNT’s populer “Area 21” segment on TNT’s popular “Inside the NBA” show, but he occasionally has hit the court to work with Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks), Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and more.
Garnett even once paid a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He said he’s less coach and more teacher, and for now, he aims to keep it that way. Mentoring individuals, he added, is preferable to working for a specific team.
“I like being able to work with multiple teams,” he told USA Today. “The league changed their rules a little bit. But from a mentoring aspect, you can mentor as many players as you want. As far as team, you have to stick with one team. I would never say never to anything, but I don’t have an appetite to coach. I’m more of a teacher than a coach. A coach has a lot more responsibility. I just want to teach the players, and that’s it. I don’t want to organize who gets what playing time. I definitely don’t want that.”
Garnett spent 21 years in the league as a 6-foot-11 power forward. He spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, compiling career averages of 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds.
As for if he considers himself a member of the media, KG had this to say:
“I’m a chameleon man. I’m going to tell you I have a business in that if I see an opportunity to be able to take advantage, I will. I’m understanding the business more. I’m also under the understanding that I have a platform to say real (expletive) and get things out and have a voice, have a presence. I like to say I am media. But the brotherhood weighs, if that makes sense.”
You can check out the full USA Today interview right here.