Returning Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett purchased 1,000 tickets for fans for the March 2 home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets for Minnesota Timberwolves fans.
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According to a press release on the Timberwolves' official website, Garnett, the returning power forward, purchased the tickets for the March 2 home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett's gesture is "in appreciation of Timberwolves' fans overwhelming reception to his return in Minnesota," per the same update.
Garnett couldn't be more thankful to Timberwolves fans, per NBA.com:
"The response and support I've received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing. It's been unbelievable. As a gesture of thanks, I would like to treat some fans to Monday night's game against the Clippers. Love you all, and thanks for the love. Enjoy the game on me."
The tickets he purchased can only be bought at http://www.timberwolves.com/kg. They are slated for release at 9 a.m. CT on Monday, March 2. The first 500 fans to make the online queue will be given a pair of tickets for the Clippers game, per the Timberwolves' official website.
In another development, Timberwolves assistant coach and retired NBA forward Sam Mitchell pondered on the recent death of Portland Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey and illness of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, per The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda.
Zgoda notes Kersey died on Feb. 18 after a blood clot in his calf, which could be traced to minor knee surgery he had five days earlier, traveled to his lung. Meanwhile, Bosh, the Heat's franchise player, was diagnosed to have blood clots in his lung after he felt ill during last month's All-Star break.
Just last Saturday, former New York Knicks forward and 1994-95 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Anthony Mason succumbed to congestive heart failure at the age of 48, per ESPN.
Kersey and his former Trail Blazers teammate Terry Porter were together at a speaking engagement for African-American History Month at a Portland High School the day before the former passed away. Mitchell can only wonder how short and fragile human life really is, per Zgoda:
"You just don't know, man. A blood clot traveled to his lungs and killed him. A blood clot. A tiny blood clot? How does a blood clot travel from your calf to your heart and kill you instantly, just like that? I just don't know. Then you see Chris flying around the way he was, not feeling well and it's just by the grace of God something didn't happen to him.
"I saw how upset Terry was, and it just reminded me of when Malik (Sealy) died. It's just so unexpected. You don't think it can happen, not at this age.
"I knew him (Kersey) well enough from playing against him and being around him. He was a great guy, man. People compared us a lot because of how we played. We both played physical and played hard.
"I just remember that when you played against Jerome, you had to bring it. We would lock up and bang and hit each other and then we'd just look at each other and laugh because we played like that. That's how we played. We respected that in each other.
"To see pictures of him now and you're thinking you're still here and he's not, it's just a weird feeling, These young guys in the locker room don't think about it. When you get over 50, you start thinking about that stuff now.
"It's just all of a sudden. I don't know, man: If it's going to happen, just let it happen all of a sudden, I guess."
And what's the biggest takeaway Mitchell told Zgoda?
He said,"Life is short and precious, man. Don't take it for granted."
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