Celtics legend Kevin Garnett rips T-Wolves owner in candid interview

Celtics legend Kevin Garnett rips T-Wolves owner in candid interview

It's hard to believe the Minnesota Timberwolves still have not retired Kevin Garnett's No. 21 to the rafters at Target Center, especially after all he gave to the franchise in his 12 seasons with the team.

The legendary power forward is by far the best player in Timberwolves history, and last weekend he was officially named as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 class, along with former rivals Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.

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Garnett recently did an interview with The Athletic's Shams Charania, and when asked about the possibility of having a number retirement ceremony in Minnesota, he didn't hold back in his comments on T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor.

Garnett returned to Minnesota for the last season-and-a-half of his career, and according to Charania, he had talked with Minnesota exec Flip Saunders about potentially having an important role with the franchise in retirement. Saunders died in October of 2015, and instead of honoring the plan he and Garnett discussed, Taylor hired Tom Thibodeau to run the franchise as head coach and president of basketball operations. Garnett clearly remains upset at how it all went down.

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.

There’s no reason to complain. Just continue to move on. 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 (expletive) 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 (expletive). I try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like.

Garnett won't have to wait long for a number retirement ceremony, even if it won't happen in Minnesota.

The Boston Celtics, who acquired Garnett in a blockbuster trade with the Timberwolves in the summer of 2007, will retire his No. 5 to the rafters of TD Garden at some point during the 2020-21 season. Garnett won a championship in Boston during the 2007-08 campaign, his first year with the team. The impact he had on and off the court in Boston was immense.

You'd have to assume the Timberwolves will retire Garnett's No. 21 at some point. Time heals all wounds, as the saying goes. But for now, Garnett can look forward to what should be an awesome ceremony in Boston next season.

Celtics-Timberwolves simulation: Jaylen Brown's heroics help C's extend win streak

Celtics-Timberwolves simulation: Jaylen Brown's heroics help C's extend win streak

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait until mid-April at the earliest to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS FIVE SIMULATIONS

The Celtics were supposed to be taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at TD Garden. Here's how our simulation of the matchup went:

CELTICS STATS

It's no surprise to see Kemba Walker as the Celtics' leading scorer yet again. He's by far been Boston's best offensive player since we've started these simulations. This time, he led the way with 39 points.

But the hero in this game was Jaylen Brown. Late in the fourth quarter, Brown nailed a clutch shot to tie the game at 106. With two seconds remaining, Brown put Minnesota away with the game-winner. He finished with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting.

Jayson Tatum had a nice performance of his own with 20 points and nine rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES STATS

Karl-Anthony Towns gave the C's plenty of trouble in this one. The Timberwolves big man led his team in scoring with 30 points and was a force on the glass with 16 rebounds. He also tied the game at 110 with only five seconds left on the clock.

James Johnson, D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Culver and ex-Celtic Evan Turner each did their part by scoring in double figures, but it wasn't enough to finish the job.

TEAM STATS

Minnesota actually had the edge in most categories, but their 3-point woes proved costly. They shot a putrid 19 percent from beyond the arc while the Celtics shot 41 percent. That's why Boston was able to storm back from an 11-point deficit and earn the W.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 112, Timberwolves 110

The NBA 2K Celtics are on fire as that's now eight straight wins. Tune in Tuesday for their next matchup vs. the Miami Heat.

There's a lot to love about what Romeo Langford is doing defensively for Celtics

There's a lot to love about what Romeo Langford is doing defensively for Celtics

MINNEAPOLIS -- Within seconds of stepping on to the floor in the first quarter Friday night against Minnesota, the Celtics' Romeo Langford knew he was going to be tested. 

“Put him in action,” Langford heard one of the Timberwolves players tell a teammate when he saw Langford was the primary defender.

That’s basketball lingo for, “go at that dude!”

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The Celtics rookie has seen limited playing time this season, so he’s more than accustomed to being challenged shortly after checking into a game. 

“They can try me; a lot of people try me,” Langford told NBC Sports Boston following the 127-117 win over the Timberwolves. “It’s just funny to me. Because I know what I can do defensively.”

And fortunately for the Celtics, so does coach Brad Stevens, who has shown no hesitation in putting Langford into the game sooner rather than later. 

“When [teams] isolate him late, I feel really good about Romeo being isolated,” said Stevens. “He’s got great length, great agility.”

And tremendous confidence, courtesy of the time spent preparing for opponents with Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla. 

That confidence was on display Friday night, with Langford showing the ability to consistently contest shots, which led a strong night defensively. 

Langford defended 10 Minnesota players who combined to shoot just 1-for-7 against him, with the lone made basket coming in transition in the first quarter by Malik Beasley, who had a team-high 27 points.

And when Jaylen Brown fouled out in the fourth quarter, Stevens didn’t hesitate to turn to Langford to close out the game. 

"It's great experience coming in like that," Brown told NBC Sports Boston. "I don't ever want to foul out, obviously. But it's good that we can turn to Romeo and he can hold it down for us when he gets his chance."

A series of injuries kept Langford out for large chunks of the season making it more challenging for Stevens to know what he could expect when Langford did play.

Still, through stints with the Maine Red Claws and limited time with the Celtics, Stevens has seen the progress made by Langford particularly when it comes to defense.

“He’s starting to trust me now,” Langford said of Stevens. “Especially early in the game and towards the end of the game. It shows like, I’m doing something right. I need to keep it up now.”

To see Langford being praised for his defense is a far cry from where he was at the start of the season when all the talk about the lottery pick was centered around his ability to score. 

When it comes to defense, Langford said his approach is pretty simple. 

“Just embraced it,” Langford said. “Brad says and everyone on the team says, 'the way you play on this team at a young age, is by defense.' So, I like to play and I want to play so I focus on defense so I can get some run in.”

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