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Kevin Garnett opens up about missed opportunities, on and off the pitch

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At one point in a new Showtime documentary, Kevin Garnett unexpectedly jumps out of his seat during an interview to swear into a boom microphone.

Sitting has never been one of her strengths, whether it’s on the basketball court or in generally sleepy affairs like talking about yourself on camera.

The film, titled “Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible”, premieres on November 12. It traces the life story of Garnett, from his education in South Carolina to his rise to become one of the most famous players in basketball history. by winning an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

This documentary is the latest in a trend of athletes trying to shape the narratives about themselves through their own productions. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Russell Westbrook have been involved in similar projects.

In Garnett’s documentary, of which he is executive producer, one scene stands out. Garnett and rapper Snoop Dogg are in a recording studio discussing athlete activism, and Garnett criticizes NBA players who resumed the playoffs after stepping out to protest social injustice in the summer 2020.

“I actually thought for a second that the players had gained momentum towards where, if they could have taken a stand, all together, and I said, ‘No, we’re not playing. That they could have continued. Capitol Hill and struck up a conversation, a real one, and started talking about police reform, ”Garnett told Snoop Dogg.

Garnett added, “Just standing in line didn’t actually help.”

In a recent interview, Garnett discussed these comments about player activism, his acting ambitions and his relationship with former Celtics teammate Ray Allen.

You do a very impressive impersonation of Doc Rivers, the former Celtics coach, in the documentary. We saw your acting skills in “Uncut Gems”. What is your interest in pursuing your acting career?

I feel like obviously the character I played in “Uncut Gems” was myself, and I didn’t think I could mess it up, and I felt confident in that. I have opportunities, nothing that speaks to me. Some of the things that fell on my desk are just things that I can’t relate to and don’t feel like I match. But I have a very big interest. I would like to make more films if possible.

There’s an interesting scene with Snoop Dogg where you talk about NBA players and post-George Floyd protests. You basically suggested that players line up when it comes to protesting police fire and should have stopped playing until there is real reform. Is it a precise framing of what you are feeling?

Well, if I’m frank, yes. I think what I tried to imply, if not to say, is that I just think that if the players felt really, really passionate about George Floyd’s situation, and they wanted to do more, I think of how – or at least how I thought – you should actually make the change is changing. If that meant you weren’t all playing, then you shouldn’t. I thought that should have been an option.

I thought the league had actually taken advantage of the players and knowing that the majority of players needed to play and needed the opportunity to play, and that wasn’t going to be an option.

It appears that during the pandemic, the world linked to sports for entertainment or to keep things calm. With this type of leverage, you need to know how to use that leverage. I don’t think the players really had strong leadership to be able to design a plan and put it in place.

Have you been particularly political in your playing career? For example, would you have been willing to stop gambling until there was a law dealing with a reform that you were passionate about?

I would have taken the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill and use my platform to speak loudly and say what I was feeling. You have to remember that this is your livelihood. And as over 400 players, you don’t just speak for yourself. You are trying to speak on behalf of a group of players who think differently in every way. This is how you eat. This is how you feed yourself, and everyone is in different categories when it comes to economics, when it comes to the league.

I probably would have been able to take a stand and actually want to strike up a conversation. But, again, I thought it would have been important to have the right people, the right politicians, and the right partnerships to be able to sit at the table with the right vision to talk about reform. That’s all.

[Later, Garnett added a clarification.]

I want to make it clear that I really like the way the players stayed together, and whatever decision they made, they were in unison with it. I don’t want to pretend I’m picking on future players or current players and they should have.

In fact, I support the players, LeBron, Chris Paul and everything they do for the union and for the players.

Paul Pierce is featured extensively in the documentary, as are several other Celtics teammates in 2008. One barely mentioned is Ray Allen. Did you soften your stance towards Ray? [Some of Allen’s teammates were angry after Allen, who was with the Celtics from 2007 to 2012, left for Miami in free agency after the Heat defeated the Celtics in the playoffs.]

I wish Ray all the best, and I wish him and his family all the best, and whatever he does, I will always support him. And that’s all I have to say.

Your teammates on that team said, “KG has to be the one to talk to Ray. Are you open to any kind of reconciliation with him?

It’s not that big of a deal for me. I think Ray is living his life. I live mine. This is what I’m standing on. I think if people wanted to do something, we would have done it already. So it’s pretty obvious where we are at, but I wish all my teammates and the people I’ve played with all the best. Not just Ray, everyone.

Paul Pierce mentioned recently that maybe he and you were starting a podcast. Who would you have as your first guest?

Probably [former President Barack] Obama or Jamie Dimon [the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase]. Yes. You caught me off guard.

Well, you can call Paul after and talk about it.

I was just going to say it, right? “So Paul, since you turned it off, who would be the first guest, right?” Paul would be like “Girls Gone Wild” type of stuff.

Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, the new Minnesota Timberwolves owners group?

I had no conversation with them. I haven’t spoken to A-Rod personally.

Do you have an interest in being part of the new ownership group, whether in basketball operations or as a minority owner or somehow being part of the franchise?

I think this opportunity has passed. In fact, I think I heard rumors that A-Rod was going to take the Timberwolves to Seattle. So we’ll see. I do not know.

Would you be angry if this happened? [The Timberwolves didn’t respond to a request for comment.]

Nobody wants to see the Wolves leave Minneapolis, but you know, that’s business. I would never want the Timberwolves to leave Minneapolis and Minnesota. I think this team means a lot to this state.

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