If the more immature players in the NBA listened to what Kevin Garnett said recently, they would understand part of the reason why he’s going to the Hall of Fame someday.
Selflessness. Putting the team first.
“Some of the days off are just for resting precautions,” Garnett said following a 127-110 victory for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday over the Atlanta Hawks in London. “Jason [Kidd] and I have had conversations before the season about rest just to get through the year. There have been some nights it has been important.
“There are days when I can go and I feel fresh, fresh enough to give this team something. Other times, I feel like I should rest and I’ll voice that.”
Attention, J.R. Smith, Andrew Bynum and all other players who painfully struggle with maturity issues with consistent frequency. Selflessness like this is what gets you places in this league.
It isn’t just talent alone. Players such as Smith and Bynum have plenty of that, and look at where it’s gotten them. All people talk about when it comes to Smith is an abundance of talent that constantly gets overshadowed by doing and saying all the wrong things. Bynum is no different, which is why the Chicago Bulls had no problem waiving one of the most physically equipped centers around in less than a day.
Garnett, however, is on the completely opposite end of the spectrum, and there’s plenty to be learned from that by this sort of player. To ask out of the lineup on certain days because he knows he will do the team more harm than good is as selfless and admirable as it gets.
And selflessness, not only loaded stat sheets, brings consistent success and respect.
Even at this stage of his career where he isn’t the dominant star that he once was, Garnett still provides an excellent example of how professionals should go about their job.
Young guns, take note.