THERE appears to be much interest for the services of the now retired Kevin Garnett.
The 40-year-old NBA legend, who announced his retirement last Friday, was a surprise visitor at the Los Angeles Clippers training camp on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
ESPN's Arash Markazi reported that Garnett played mentor to the team's big men when he dropped by the UC Irvine Bren Events Center where the Clippers held Day 3 of their camp.
KG first went to work with high-leaping power forward Blake Griffin and his post moves. Afterwards, Garnett tutored rookies Diamond Stone and Brice Johnson and gave them tips on how to deny passes to the block and how to counter defensive action on offense.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers described Garnett’s appearance as 'phenomenal,' adding he is even willling to add Garnett to the team's roster as a player although he admits the idea is unlikely to happen.
"This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake and (DeAndre Jordan) and the young guys as well. It's great to have him around. He's a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He'll be really good for us," he said
Rivers, who coached Garnett in a Boston Celtics team that won the NBA title in 2008, also shared his opinion to an offer made by Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to best pal Garnett to join his coaching staff.
"There's no way that's going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This (situation) is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I'm good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us," said Rivers.
Forward Paul Pierce also believes his former Celtic teammate has a lot to share based on his 21 years of experience in the NBA.
"Anybody can pick up something from an all-time great. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So, whenever you've got somebody that can come in and share some valuable experience, it's a plus… when you have a guy like Kevin who was the greatest at his position, when he talks, you want to listen," Pierce said.