Kevin Garnett

Andrew Duong

Life Brief

Kevin Garnett is an American professional basketball player and was born in Greenville, South Carolina on May 19, 1976. His parents are Shirley Garnett and O'Lewis McCullough. Has two sisters named Ashley Garnett and Sonya Garnett, he also has a half brother named Louis McCullough. Kevin Garnett went to Mauldin High School and transferred to Farragut Career Acadamey.

Background Symbolism

The background is a track and it relates to Kevin Garnett because in a race it's a competition for first. Being first is great and for Kevin Garnett he was the one of the first basketball players to be drafted straight out of high school. In the book it says "Garnett would be only the fourth American-born player ever to skip college and go directly to the pros through the NBA draft," (Paul J. Deegan, 33).

Significant Fact

Kevin Garnett was 6ft 6in in his 9th grade year of high school and now stands at about 7ft tall. In the book it says, "In his senior year of high school, he moved from South Carolina to play basketball in Chicago," (Paul J. Deegan 60). Jus days after finishing high school, he was chosen fifth in the 1995 NBA draft, the first pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Accomplishments

"On October 1, 1997, he signs the largest contract in the history of professional sports-$126 million for six years," (Paul J. Deegan 60). On January 3, 1998, Kevin Garnett gets his triple double, in a NBA game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. He also scored 15 points in a victory over the Seattle SuperSonics (Disbanded) on April 26 for the Timberwolves' first playoff victory in thier history. (A triple-double is a player that accumulates a double digit number total in three of five statistical categories—points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots—in a game.)

Struggle

"Kevin's mother never married Kevin's father. Kevin's father always sent money to support him, he wasn't part of Kevin's life while he was growing up. At the same time, Garnett did not like Ernest Irby. His stepfather never treated him like a son. When Kevin would ask for a basketball net at the house his stepfather always refused," (Paul J. Deegan 18).

Mentor/Friend

Kevin's mentor was Phil Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves' coach. In the book it says,"Saunders knew Garnett had the ability, With him, the underdog Timberwolves could overcome the Pacific Division champions SuperSonics," (Paul J. Deegan 11). Coach Phil Saunders saw potential in Kevin Garnett even when nobody else did.

Awards

  1. NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2003)
  2. NBA Most Valuable Player Award (2004)
  3. Best NBA Player ESPY Award
  4. All-Star NBA Team (2000-2007)
  5. NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (2008)

Hobbies

Kevin Garnett's hobbies include watching movies, playing pick up basketball, playing golf, and also loves spending time with his family. Kevin Garnett, is also a huge fan of soccer. Garnett has been spotted attending L.A. Galaxy aw well as the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League.

Symbol

I choose a basketball because of the fact that Kevin Garnett is a profesinal basketball player and that basketball is his entire life. One example is when he had to choose to go straight to the NBA from high school to play with players that were way better than him, or he could go to college to get better even better.
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Friend or Foe

I think Kevin Garnett and I would be good friends because he like to play basketball and I love to watch basketball. He also seems to be very friendly and easy to get along with. He also like to watch soccer and I like to play soccer, so I feel like that's how we would be friends.

Most Like

Kevin Garnett is most like Dick Fosbury. Dick Fosbury was a american athlete that made up the Fosbury Flop in high jump. Before the Fosbury Flop the approach of the high jump was very inconsistent and not reliable until Dick Fosbury made the Fosbury Flop approach. Just like how Kevin Garnett revolutionized the power forward position to becoming much more versatile.
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Altruist or Egotist

I think Kevin Garnett is a Altruist, because he is always helping out his team mates even if he gets nothing out of it. Also when Kevin Garnett had a bad season on the Brooklyn Nets he told his coach to bench him because it would be more beneficial to the team.

Quotes

  • "Kevin Garnett, himself, says, "I want the sky, and i'm not going to stop until i reach the top,"" (Paul J. Deegan 59)
  • "At the end of the day, you're responsible for yourself and your actions and that's all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can't control, try to fix the things you can." -Kevin Garnett
  • "We have to do the impossible, but it is possible." -Kevin Garnett

Family

Brandi Padilla is Kevin's longtime girlfriend. Their romance lasted long turning into marriage. The couple has a daughter named Capri and they all are living a happy family life. Kevin says that one thing he loves to do is to spend time with his family.