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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday he’ll make an opening on the Cavs’ coaching staff if Garnett wants to coach, according to Akron Beacon Journal reporter Jason Lloyd. The Big Ticket reportedly has not made a decision, but his wife apparently wants him to do it.
Ty Lue says he'll make a spot on #Cavs coaching staff if good friend Kevin Garnett wants to coach. KG's wife pushing for it. KG undecided— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) September 29, 2016
Ty Lue said Kevin Garnett will attend #Cavs ring ceremony on opening night.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) September 29, 2016
“Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach,” Lue said. “He says he’s not ready yet. He’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
Lue said Garnett is one of his best friends. Lue was an assistant coach in Boston from 2009-13, and he spent all four years with Garnett.
“He was just like LeBron,” Lue said. “One of the easiest guys to coach as far as being a superstar, as far as telling him what to do, they would do it. If they didn’t like what you were doing, they’d pull you out to the side and tell you. They’d never call you out in front of everybody. Just having respect for everybody from the janitor to the owner.”
It’s worth noting the Cavs might not be the only team after Garnett’s services. He attended the Clippers’ practice today.
Special guest at practice today! 👀 pic.twitter.com/tNOSdclgjZ— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 29, 2016
Wherever Garnett ends up, he’ll be an asset. With so much NBA experience and a Hall of Fame career's worth of wisdom to draw from, Garnett spent his final years in the league mentoring younger players like Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns.
The league is a better place with Kevin Garnett in it. Whether he decides to take some time off or not, we hope he decides to come back in some capacity.