He was always very inviting and the one takeaway you got from every time you talked to him was how he was just so super cool."Prince, whose death Thursday at 57 was felt particularly hard among his many fans within the NBA community, was a Minnesota native and a staunch supporter of both the Wolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx over the years.
On his Instagram page Friday, Garnett posted a tribute to Prince: On Friday, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Prince's body had no signs of violence when he was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator at Paisley Park, his estate in suburban Minneapolis, and there was nothing to suggest it was suicide.
Longtime Minnesota Timberwolves face of the franchise Kevin Garnett has paid tribute to Prince in the wake of the pop star's passing, remembering his friend and the diehard Wolves fan as an inspiration and "super cool.""My favorite Prince story was just in a nightclub, him sending for me and then telling me how much he knew about me and the game of basketball," Garnett told on Friday."He was super confident, but humble in how he spoke to you.
Then I will know what my future holds."For the Wolves to reacquire him in the deal with Brooklyn, Garnett had to consent to waive his no-trade clause, which he did with the well-chronicled hope of ultimately joining Saunders in the front office and potentially in an ownership group with Saunders further down the road.
Saunders, though, was stricken with Hodgkin's lymphoma in August 2015 and died suddenly just a few months later on the eve of the regular season.Authorities said it could be weeks before the cause of death is released.After spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Wolves, Garnett returned to Minnesota in February 2014, when then-Wolves coach and team president Flip Saunders swung a deal to reacquire the future Hall of Famer in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.Yet Garnett was also the most vocal supporter among current Wolves players in pushing for Taylor to make interim coach Sam Mitchell their full-time coach.Dating back to last year's postseason, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics had a rivalry brewing.The bad blood is clearly growing between these two title contenders, and it will only carry over into the playoffs.Here is a faceoff between Boston's emotional leader, KG, and Miami's emotional leader, D-Wade in a tale of the tape slideshow that contains both real and imaginary elements (pretend as if they were boxing each other). Being a top five player in the NBA, Wade has a variety of strengths.Wolves owner Glen Taylor has been actively seeking to sell 30 percent of the franchise to a group led by private equity investor Steve Kaplan and just hired Tom Thibodeau as the Wolves' new coach and president of basketball operations in a five-year deal valued at an estimated million.Sources told this week that talks between Taylor and Kaplan are ongoing.Although the Heat were eliminated by the Celtics in five games, it was a very physical first round series that was highlighted by Dwyane Wade's 46-point Game 4 effort.The Celtics went off to win the Eastern Conference and take the Lakers to seven games in the NBA Finals.