No, Kevin Garnett will not be the Celtics’ next head coach
Boston Herald. Matt Stone.
Kevin Garnett will forever be a Boston Celtics legend, there’s no debating that. Harkening back to his intensity and passion during his playing career, Boston sports fans eagerly called for KG to replace Brad Stevens as the head coach of the Celtics throughout the 2020-21 NBA season. These cries only increased as Brad Stevens replaced Danny Ainge as the president of basketball operations today. While the Celtics often looked uninterested and lacking any semblance of passion this year, I hate to break it to you Celtics fans; Garnett has no desire to become a NBA head coach.
Kevin Garnett's Instagram.
The NBA Hall of Famer has repeatedly confirmed this throughout his retirement, and did so again today in typically KG fashion via an Instagram story post. Garnett stated that while he was “knowledge, passionate and skilled,” he was not patient, which you definitely need to be in order to be a head coach in today’s NBA.
I’ve told Celtics fans in heated debates that Garnett has firmly stated that he has no interest in being a head coach. He reiterated this again in his autobiography, KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between that was published in early 2021, as he stated he would never have the patience or commitment to a full-time head coaching gig. Knowing this, his comments today should come as no surprise.
Garnett made $326 million in his NBA career, the second-most in NBA history behind only LeBron James. KG made a push to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020, but it fell apart in 2021 and he ultimately moved on. Knowing this, I find it far more likely that Garnett be brought in as a front office consultant, with ownership stake or something along those lines. The thankless job of NBA head coach seems completely below his paygrade.
I would love to see Garnett be brought in either for a role in the Celtics’ front office, or as a part-time individual player coach or consultant. He’s done some individual player work in the past, notably working with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker, but he hasn’t done anything in a few years. The Celtics played flat all season, so bringing in someone that is renowned for their toughness and passion could instill a spark into this lifeless Celtics team. Just don’t get your hopes up that KG’s title will ever be NBA head coach.