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Kevin Garnett is just a week removed from retirement, but it’s already pretty much confirmed that he won’t be disappearing from the NBA anytime soon. On Thursday, KG briefly tutored Blake Griffin and Clippers rookies after their practice. According to multiple reports, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue has offered the legendary big man a spot on his bench as an assistant coach.
One of the most respected players in NBA history, Garnett’s presecnse alone would change the entire dynamic of a team. Via NBA.com:
Lue said he has discussed a position on his staff with Garnett, the 15-time All-Star who recently retired after 21 seasons in the NBA.
“I talked to him about it. I know his wife is pushing for it a lot,” Lue said following practice Thursday. “Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back, `I might do it,’ but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
Lue was an assistant coach under Doc Rivers for the 2008 Celtics team which Garnett helped lead to an NBA Championship. The Big Ticket has already told Lue that he will be in the house on October 25 when the Cavs receive their championship rings and take on the Knicks.
Lue would like to have his close friend join him. He said Garnett plans to attend the Cavs game on Oct. 25, when LeBron James and his teammates will receive their championship rings and raise a title banner.
“I know he’ll be here for that and he says he’ll be around a lot,” Lue said. “We’ll see.”
Lue and Garnett worked together previously in Boston. Lue was an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Celtics during Garnett’s last four years with the team. He said the former league MVP’s attitude and professionalism were inspiring.