Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett said being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday means "everything."
Garnett discussed his journey to this point during the ESPN broadcast of the Hall Of Fame announcement.
"It's the culmination," he said. "... You put countless hours into this. You dedicate yourself to a craft. You take no days off. You play through injures. You play through demise. You play through obstacles. You give no excuses for anything. You learn, you build. This is the culmination. All those hours ... this is what you do it for, right here. For me, to be called a Hall of Famer, is everything."
Garnett was chosen along with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann for the 2020 class.
The 43-year-old quickly emerged as one of the NBA's best players after the Wolves selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA.
He was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2003-04 season and, after leaving Minnesota in 2007, he filled the final void on his career resume with an NBA championship as a member of the Celtics in 2008.
KEVIN GARNETT [Player] -- 1995-2016-Garnett is a
- 15-time NBA All-Star (1997-1998, 2000-11, 2013)
- 2008 NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics widely regarded for his passion and intensity on the court.
- Nine-time NBA All- Defensive First Team selection (2000-05, 2008-09, 2011),
- He led the league in rebounds for four consecutive seasons (2004-2007) and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
- While playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004, Garnett led the league in total points, field goals made and total rebounds while earning NBA MVP.
- Ranked ninth in NBA’s all-time leaders for rebounds.
- With USA Basketball, Garnett earned an Olympic gold medal in 2000.
- Garnett played 21 NBA seasons and is currently ranked fourth in all-time minutes played (50,418).
Along with 14 years across two stints with the Timberwolves and six years with the Celtics, he also played two seasons for the Brooklyn Nets. He retired in 2016.