Kevin Garnett’s Backpedal on Glen Taylor is Legendary… but is His Bid Legitimate?
Kevin Garnett hates Glen Taylor. Say whatever you want about, “time healing all wounds” or “hate is a strong word”, but in this instance, “hate” is the right word. You don’t say the things that KG said about GT if you don’t hate someone. I mean, it’s been brutal and unrelenting… and I’m not a Glen Taylor fanboy…
You be the judge. Here is KG talking about Glen Taylor, on two separate occasions, two years apart. We covered both of these instances at MSF, when they occurred if you want more context ( Nov, 2017 | April, 2020).
Kevin Garnett: not a fan of Glen Taylor ? pic.twitter.com/3mdnExc6A8— /r/NBA (@NBA_Reddit) October 16, 2018
“Glen knows where I’m at, I’m not entertaining it. First of all, it’s not genuine. Two, he’s getting pressure from a lot of fans and, I guess, the community there. Glen and I had an understanding before Flip died, and when Flip died, that understanding went with Flip. For that, I won’t forgive Glen. I won’t forgive him for that. I thought he was a straight up person, straight up business man, and when Flip died, everything went with him.”
“My years in Minnesota and in that community, I cherish. At this point, I don’t want any dealings with Glen Taylor or Taylor Corp. or anything that has to do with him. I love my Timberwolves, I’ll always love my guys, I’ll always love the people who fuck with me there. I’ll always have a special place for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in my heart. But I don’t do business with snakes. I don’t do business with snake mu’fuckas. I try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like.”Kevin Garnett (via The Athletic – Shams Charania) – April 2020
This is why businessmen are businessmen and KG is…. emotional.
Glen may or may not sell the team to Garnett and his group of investors (who still remain unknown — more on that in a moment), but one thing is factual; these brasin comments demeaning Taylor’s character and time as a 25-year NBA franchise owner, didn’t help Kevin’s current situation.
Kevin Garnett was one of the greatest defensive players in franchise history and he is legendary for running his mouth on the basketball floor. That legendary mouth might come back to bite him now. He knows it, too. That’s why he is pulling one of the most legendary backpedals in history.
Yesterday, he was tweeting and he was instagramming his backpedal for the whole world to see. He seems very ready, willing and able to reconcile with Glen Taylor ASAP. That’s quite the turnaround from his quotes in The Athletic just 3.5 months ago, when he said he would “never do business with snake muh-fuckas” like Taylor and Taylor Corp.
My passion for the Minnesota Timberwolves to be a championship team is— Kevin Garnett (@KevinGarnett5KG) July 21, 2020
well known but I have a deeper affection for the city of Minneapolis. I
once again want to see Minneapolis as the diverse and loving community
that I know it is. (1/2)
No two people love the city more than myself— Kevin Garnett (@KevinGarnett5KG) July 21, 2020
and Glen Taylor and I look forward to trying to work with him to
achieve my dream. (2/2)
My favorite quote from KG’s backpedal so far: pic.twitter.com/jDUtRRE1ID— Minnesota Sports Fan (@realmnsportsfan) July 22, 2020
Backpedaling Like a Legend
There isn’t a cornerback in the National Football League who can hold a candle to Kevin Garnett’s backpedaling skills. This is the stuff of legends only. Some people send out apology statements… some people make personal phone calls… some people never apologize or backpedal at all… but KG’s apology game is beyond all of that.
He just blows right past the ‘Glen Taylor is a snake I’d never do business with’, to ‘Glen Taylor is just like me and I can’t wait work with him as a partner in Minneapolis’.
No talks. No reconciliation. Just straight to pals and partners. Just sweep it all under the rug and move forward. Smart.
KG has a couple of problems, however.
1: His competition is reportedly stiff. He might be the greatest flip-flopper alive, but that may not be enough for competition like Zygi Wilf & Co. or other big-wig suitors currently vying for a shot at owning an NBA franchise.
2: Nobody knows where Kevin Garnett’s money is coming from, for a purchase like this. When asked about partnering with KG on a buy/sell transaction by WCCO Radio, Taylor reportedly chuckled and said “let’s not get ahead of ourselves”. He did say that he’d sell the team to Garnett’s group, though, if that’s the deal that made the most sense in the end.
Darren Wolfson (KSTP) is as plugged in with the Timberwolves as anyone in town and actually was one of the few who recorded an interview with Glen yesterday. He is yet to uncover the other members of this investment group that supposedly includes KG… The Wilf party doesn’t seem to include him.
Zero sense to this point on my end of any connection between those parties. Had one person who knows KG opine that his $$ people could be based in China. Maybe Anta. But that was just a guess. #Timberwolves https://t.co/ddFXfZhkPf— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 22, 2020
It’s hard to believe that Garnett would go all in on this GT backpedal if his ownership group wasn’t legitimate. It does raise red flags though, that we don’t know where that money is coming from yet. If I’m Glen Taylor, I don’t know that I want to get anyone from China involved, given what is happening there right now…
Hopefully, we get more clarity on KG’s bid sooner, rather than later.
Will We Ever See #21 in Target Center Rafters?
Let’s assume the KG bid is legit. What happens if Garnett’s group doesn’t win the bid? Does he feel slighted enough to avoid Target Center and Mayo Square forever, even if Glen isn’t here anymore? I don’t think we can put it past him…
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan