- Kevin Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2007 and immediately sought counsel from the franchise’s luminaries.
- Bill Russell is possibly the most important Celtics figure with whom he has a relationship
- When LeBron James moved to Miami, a new dynasty was established,
Kevin Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2007 and immediately sought counsel from the franchise’s luminaries. Bill Russell is possibly the most important Celtics figure with whom he has a relationship. Russell did the unthinkable in a face-to-face interview: he gave Garnett one of his 11 rings on one condition.
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A generous gesture
Russell revealed his bold prediction for Garnett’s career.
KG would win several rings, according to the basketball legend.
Russell, on the other hand, was well aware of the obstacles in obtaining a championship.
So, if luck didn’t come KG’s way, Russell said he’d give him one on one condition.
“I believe you’ll win at least two or three championships.”
If you don’t, but I see you playing well, I’ll give you one of my rings.
I’m talking about a genuine friendship here. They will come if you continue to play the way you do.
Russell responded, “You have no clue how proud I am of you.”
Russell’s suggestion caught everyone off guard.
Even KG, who is typically bursting at the seams with emotion, struggled to keep his true feelings hidden.
The proposal appears odd. Russell seemed to be gifting KG a free ring just for playing his heart out.
Receiving a ring — even from the all-time winningest player — isn’t the same as earning your own.
But this appears to be beside the point. Russell’s generosity was truly inspiring.
Russell gives KG a ring to show that he is one of the greats.
I received mine.
Russell, as we all know, did not have to take his rings from his vault and hand them up to KG.
Garnett won a ring on his own.
“I have mine. I received mine. I received mine. “I hope we made you proud, Russell,” Garnett added.
What made it even better was that KG led the Celtics to victory over their archrivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.
He not only won for himself, but also for the franchise’s heritage.
It’s disappointing that Russell’s prediction that KG will win numerous rings did not come true.
The Orlando Magic, led by Dwight Howard, swiftly climbed to prominence.
Kobe’s Lakers also got their retaliation.
When LeBron James moved to Miami, a new dynasty was established,
thereby ending the Celtics’ chances of representing the East in the NBA Finals.
Whatever the circumstances, KG is a champion.
And his journey to his first and only NBA title is memorable — perhaps one of the best in basketball history.