Kevin Garnett has been in the NBA for 21 years. The dark-horse-style work ethic and competitive intensity of the legendary center seems to be pushing him to continue his career into the 2016-2017 season.
Garnett has one year left on his two-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he hasn’t played a game since he went down with a knee injury on Jan. 23. Since then, he has been filling a player-coach type of role, nurturing the team’s young talent. And he wants to keep doing it until he officially retires as a player.
The NBA record for longest career is 21 years, shared by Kevin Willis and Robert Parish. Garnett, 39, who was drafted out of high school by Minnesota with the fifth overall pick in 1995, could break that record. He remains under contract for $8 million next season, with a no-trade clause, so expect to see a final Big Ticket Farewell Tour next year.