Kevin Garnett Wanted to Attend College at 36, and Have It Filmed for TV

Kevin Garnett wanted to be a 36-year-old college student earlier in his basketball career, and wanted Showtime to film it.

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It turns out Kevin Garnett really considered taking a shot at college life. According to The Vertical's Chris Mannix, who shared Garnett's story on his podcast on Tuesday, the former NBA star pondered the idea at the age of 36 when he almost retired his career after leaving the Boston Celtics in 2013. 

Garnett was reportedly on a trip to China with Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports at the time, when the basketball star randomly asked whether he should go to college. "I've got an idea for a show. How about I go to college," Garnett, who had missed out on the whole college experience after he went straight from high school to the NBA in 1995, apparently said, according to Mannix. And not only did Garnett want to attend a university, but he wanted to live in the campus dormitories and have Showtime film the entire experience. 

Unfortunately, KG never made it to campus, although he was dying to go. Instead Garnett got traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, playing until he left the team to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, before retiring the following year. It's too bad he never went though, because the Boston area has a lot of great schools to choose from. As far as a reality show on the subject, it probably wouldn't replace VH1's high-rated shows, but it definitely would have been a good source of comic relief. 

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