Kevin Garnett Reveals He Came ‘Pretty Close’ to Joining Lakers, But Kobe Bryant-Phil Jackson Feud Led Him to Celtics

Kevin Garnett, despite being a member of the Celtics for just four years, is as loved and revered in the city of Boston as much as any other athlete. Fans appreciate his all-out hustle and effort, and they love the intensity he shows on the court.

If he was showing that same intensity while wearing a Lakers uniform, though, it’s safe to say that the Boston fan base might not be so appreciative.

And as it turns out, that almost happened.

Garnett was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, and he was asked about how close he was to joining the Lakers in 2007, shortly before he joined the Celtics.

Dan Patrick: How close were you to joining the Lakers?

Kevin Garnett: I was pretty close, to be honest. What disturbed me about the whole Lakers situation was just [Kobe Bryant] and Phil [Jackson] was at each other pretty bad. A new situation full of uncertainty wasn’t something that I wanted to get into.

DP: It was your choice not to go to the Lakers?

KG: It was my choice, yes.

DP: Because you were worried about the friction with Kobe and Phil?

KG: No, I wasn’t worried about it.

DP: But that was going on?

KG: There was a lot going on, and I didn’t want to be a part of it.

Suffice it to say, neither did Celtics fans, who celebrated as Garnett led the Celtics over the Lakers a few months later in the Finals.

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Kevin Garnett Reveals He Came 'Pretty Close' to Joining Lakers, But Kobe Bryant-Phil Jackson Feud Led Him to Celtics

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Kevin Garnett Reveals He Came 'Pretty Close' to Joining Lakers, But Kobe Bryant-Phil Jackson Feud Led Him to Celtics

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