Garnett has given Cavs fans something to hate about the 15-time All-Star during their two playoff meetings. He, along with the Boston Celtics, eliminated the Cavs twice in the playoffs and stirred the conversation of LeBron James exiting Cleveland in 2009.
In 2008, Garnett led the Celtics to winning the series in seven games averaging 19.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The Celtics went on to win the NBA finals in seven games against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Then in 2010, Garnett averaged 18.8 points, 8 rebounds and 2.2 assists to eliminate the Cavs in six games. It was LeBron’s last game before signing with the Miami Heat joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
During postgame interviews, Garnett’s remarks about James’ free agency decision is what upset Cavs fans. Garnett compared James’ seven years in Cleveland to his own story joining the Celtics after playing in Minnesota for 12 seasons.
“Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back,” Garnett said. “I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I’d have done it a little sooner.”
Garnett was in the news after Cavs coach Ty Lue shared with reporters that he spoke with the All-Star about joining the team before the playoffs. Garnett declined.
Garnett played his last game returning to Minnesota in 2016. He’s now an TV analyst and host with TNT’s Inside the NBA and Area 21.