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NBA family reacts to retirement of Kevin Garnett

Minnesota Timberwolves v Miami Heat

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 17, 2015 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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His intensity. His work ethic. His intimidation. A big man who could step out and face up, then knock down the jumper.

Kevin Garnett has left a legacy in the NBA like few others. He was as influential on future generations as any big who has come through the sport — he helped change the NBA.

Friday KG made it official, he is retiring. And the tributes came pouring in.

“Kevin Garnett is one of the fiercest competitors our league has ever seen. He held himself to the highest standard of preparation and performance for a remarkable 21 seasons,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “On behalf of the NBA family, I thank Kevin for his sustained excellence and the enormous impact he’s had on the game.”

“Everything changed the day Kevin arrived in Boston” — Wyc Grousbeck, Boston Celtics owner.