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29-53, 5th in Northwest

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lastly, Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on working with younger players and what he believes today's game is lacking: "The fact that I was able to help guys progress, I've helped guys become men. I've helped guys communicate and taught them how to communicate to others [who] didn't necessarily understand [them]. I think our game is lacking a bit of that. We seek approval from each other by being friends and guys work out together. If that's the times, that's the times. But true competition comes in, ‘There's a winner, and there's a loser.' And I don't know anybody who wants to be a loser, who's calling themselves a wimp…I'm not saying you've got to hate a guy, but if you do, I understand when you're between the lines. And 'hate' is a very strong word, so I would use the word 'dislike.' I get it. To me, that's alpha. That's leadership. A leader is going to show more in his actions versus his words."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy and what he wanted to instill in his teammates: "I'll be honest, I'm old school, man. We're out here to beat these guys. We're not out here to be their friends. We're not out here to make any friends. Ain't no friends out here. I've played against two of my best friends in the world in that being Chauncey Billups and Tyron Lue. It don't get no more closer than that. And I'm out here trying to bust they a-- like they trying to bust mine. So coming in, we instill something, whether it's the coach [or me] and that's to compete and be the best. And being the best, that means you wasn't going to be liked by everybody and you wasn't going to be friends with everybody…If ain't nobody feeling that, then you know what? Be yourself. But this is how we're going to win…We didn't make any friends. You can be his friend after we're done…"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy: "My makeup is to be competitive and to win. If you're not stepping on, then you're the one being stepped on…I'm an alpha. I'm an alpha, man. I like to think that the game is to be dominated. There wasn't any room for anything else. I'm playing with young guys who are super younger than me and more athletic, faster, however, whatever. But I have to set an alpha-ness about the whole thing and instill leadership and all these other things. Like I said earlier, sometimes you would buck and you'd butt heads. But the younger generation, I think they look for a lot more approval from their peers and satisfaction and the comments that people make and [from] articles. Look here, man, if you work on your game and you get better, then you're going to be better, which hopefully means that you're going to play better and have confidence to do things better. And when you're better, all things change people's perception. When it comes to being a better person and how you treat people, that's on you. But when it comes to the game, you don't need to get anybody's approval. You just need to work on your game, work your ass off, stay true to your craft, perfect and try to perfect as much of the things that you do well. Try to perfect those. But the things you don't do well, work on them even more."

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1dKevin Pelton

How does KG rank all time compared to Kobe, Duncan?

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1dJ.A. Adande

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The Timberwolves selected Kevin Garnett in the 1995 draft out of high school. He was the first high school draftee since Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby in 1975. Some notables who followed Garnett's lead and went from high school to the NBA: Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O'Neal (1996), Tracy McGrady (1997), Amar'e Stoudemire (2002), LeBron James (2003) and Dwight Howard (2004).

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Kevin Garnett is the Timberwolves' all-time leader in games, minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He and Michael Jordan are the only players to lead a current franchise in points, rebounds and assists.

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Northwest division preview

Kevin Arnovitz, Kevin Pelton, Brian Windhorst and Royce Young preview the Northwest Division. Thunder, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Nuggets and Timberwolves.

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3dMarc Stein

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J.R. Smith has garnered much attention for not yet signing. But Marc Stein notes 36-year-old small forward Tayshaun Prince, who appeared in 77 games last season for the Timberwolves, is among the NBA free agents still available with camps opening soon. Free agents

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.415th
Rebounds Per Game41.629th
Assists Per Game23.48th
Points Allowed106.023rd

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