Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor recently appeared to extend an olive branch to Kevin Garnett when he congratulated Garnett on making the Hall of Fame, but K.G. clearly has no interest in making amends with his former boss.
In a wide-ranging interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Garnett was asked if he thinks the T-Wolves will eventually retire his jersey the way the Boston Celtics are planning to do next season. The 15-time All-Star said he has no interest in having a relationship with the franchise as long as Taylor remains the owner. He also called Taylor a “snake motherf—er.”
“At this point, I don’t want any dealings with Glen Taylor or Taylor Corp. or anything that has to do with him. I love my Timberwolves, I’ll always love my guys, I’ll always love the people who f— with me there. I’ll always have a special place for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in my heart. But I don’t do business with snakes. I don’t do business with snake mu’f—as. I try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like.”
Garnett revealed a few years back that he and the late Flip Saunders had discussed plans to have K.G. transition to a front office or ownership role with the Timberwolves after Garnett was done playing. When Saunders died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015, Garnett says Taylor did not honor any of those plans.
“Glen and I had an understanding before Flip died, and when Flip died, that understanding went with Flip. For that, I won’t forgive Glen,” Garnett told Charania. “I won’t forgive him for that. I thought he was a straight up person, straight up business man, and when Flip died, everything went with him.”
Some have speculated that Garnett could reconcile with Taylor after Taylor released a kind statement about K.G. on Saturday, but it is obviously going to take more than that to bury the hatchet.
Garnett is the most iconic player in T-Wolves franchise history, having played 14 of his 21 illustrious NBA seasons with them. It’s a shame for the organization that the relationship is so sour, and there may only be one thing that could change that.