MINNESOTA - Kevin Garnett has drawn the curtain on his long and famous career as a basketball player, one that saw him capture a gold medal with the United States at the Sydney Olympics and also win an NBA title with the Boston Celtics.
The 40-year-old superstar has announced his decision on Instagram.
In 2000, he reached the top of the podium at the Sydney Olympics with the United States after averaging 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds. In the USA's toughest game, an 85-83 nail-biting win over Lithuania in the Semi-Finals, Garnett scored 12 points and corralled 14 rebounds. The USA next beat France in the Gold Medal Game.
It was in the NBA where he made most of his headlines. The Greenville, South Carolina-born Garnett was the league's MVP in 2004 and four times, he was All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008). On 15 occasions, Garnett was an NBA All-Star.
The T-Wolves reluctantly traded Garnett in 2007 to the Boston Celtics and he was teammates of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Known as The Big Three, Garnett, Pierce and Allen led the Celtics to the championship in 2008.
Garnett remained in Boston until June 2013, when the Celtics traded him to Brooklyn. In 2015, he returned to Minnesota and played last season.