|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM|
Many years ago, Kevin Mchale was a teacher in KG's life Unprepared and unsuspected changes In evolution comes. KG became a player like no other,and Kevin couldn't watch him go by. These days KG is a teacher to guys like Jujuan Johnson, and Glen Daivs. Kevin Mchale was an early role model in KG's NBA life. Kevin put his neck out drafting a skinny from high school kid. Mchale saw something in Garnett, and he was 100% right. He drafted one of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game. Both KG, and Mchale seem to be forever linked in some way or another. The two Kevin's spent 12 years together in Minnesota. But once the T'Wolves seemed ready to part with KG. Kevin Mchale pulled the trigger on a deal that sent KG to Mchales old squad the Boston Celtics.
Although both Kevin's seemed to be linked by franchises. They both had different career paths. Mchale was a two time 6th man of the year. Kevin spent most of his early years on the bench on a stacked Celtics team. In the two seasons that Kevin won 6th man. He averaged a little over 19 a game, and over 8 boards a game. Kevin became a full time starter on the 85-86 team. That team to many is the greatest team ever. Maybe the best Celtics team ever. Kevin averaged over 20 points five times in his career. KG over 9 times. Kevin was an All-star seven times in his career. KG has been to the mid-season classic 14 times. And of course Mchale won three NBA championships.KG won his title in 2008, as we all know. Also KG was a league MVP in 2004.
Both Kevin's were the best, or one of the best in their era's on the defensive end. KG is a nine time first team All-NBA defensive player. Mchale made it three times on the first team. Mchale made the second team three times also. Mchale never averaged over 10 boards a game in his career. KG has 9 times. KG is a better rebounder plain and simple. Mchale would for sure get a few shots off against KG. Mchale was to smart, and far to crafty. KG learned a lot of those moves up close, and personal in the early stages of his career. Kevin Garnett became better than the teacher. It doesn't always happen, but Mchale took a big chance on KG, and it paid out for the Celtics in the end instead of the Wolves.