Former NBA forward Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of this yea’rs star-studded cast inclusive of the late Kobe Bryant and a former Western Conference rival in Tim Duncan.
Garnett, who won his sole championship with the Boston Celtics, went up against some of the NBA’s best forwards in his time, with Duncan, Rasheed Wallace, and Chris Webber all is contemporaries.
Speaking to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania in an interview this week, KG discussed the irony of going into the HOF the same time as Duncan.
“Yeah, man. In the sense of having a career, you never know how long it’s going to go,” he said. “You don’t even know if you’re even going to have one. So to have one, and be pretty good at it and you can look back at accolades and won some things and most importantly, left your print on the game … Timmy, for me, him and Rasheed were always the pinnacle. They were always the more tougher matchup for me personally. Lot of times going into matchups, I had a lot of upside when I came in. I can say that these two were one of the difficult ones for me.
“I always think if you’re going to be something in life, you’re going to have that one nemesis or that one or two nemesis that are going too push you to another level. I consider Timmy and Rasheed to be that for me. It’s dope for us to be ending our careers at the same time. It’s all dope to be at this point … to battle, battle, battle and then finish it together.”