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"I figured if LeBron can go home, (s---), why can't I?" - Kevin Garnett during his welcome back to Minnesota press conference that was held Tuesday afternoon at Target Center. KG will start tonight for the Wolves.

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The Big Ticket is set to make his return to Target Center tonight against the Washington Wizards. "Going to bring it out of the rafters," Garnett said after Wolves radio announcer Alan Horton closed yesterday afternoon's press conference with "we'll do a brief photo opportunity with Kevin and his #21 jersey."

KG nailed the presser, everything about it was dreamlike, and seeing the entire team watch from the side of the stage was pretty special. The entire organization was in attendance, in awe of his return. I couldn't help but be in awe myself. In case you missed his re-introduction, or simply want to re-watch, here's the video:

Garnett had a hilarious and extremely clear response when asked if he see's himself coaching the Wolves in the future:

"That's a big H-E-L-L N-A-H. Nah."

You could feel how important it is to Garnett to bring a championship to Minnesotans...

"My goals since I've been in the league was to win a championship, and I wanted it to be here in the Twin Cities. I've always wanted that. I wanted to be a part of that the first time this franchise went over the hump, and I got a taste of that in the Western Conference (finals). I've been thirsty ever since. Once you get that taste, you never lose that."

Tonight, Target Center is going to be crazy as Garnett is set to play his first minutes in a Wolves uniform since the '06-'07 season. Garnett will start tonight -- ahead of Adreian Payne, who started at power forward in place of the injured Anthony Bennett (ankle) on Monday night in Houston -- against Washington, according to Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. And yes, his intro will be epic.

Links

This story originally appeared in the May 3, 1999 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Nice column by Jon Krawczynski, with lots of quotes from yesterday in case you don't want to watch the video above.

I'm sure there have been tons of fabulously written pieces on Garnett throughout his illustrious career... anybody have any favorites they want to share?

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News broke last night that Derrick Rose needs surgery after tearing the meniscus in his right knee, and will miss the remainder of the season. Injuries stink, and in the case of Rose, his chronic knee injuries make me sick. Watching his career go through such turbulence due to his uncooperative knees has been truly heartbreaking. I'm sorry Bulls fans. If you're interested, here's a good piece by Ricky O'Donnell on Rose's injury and how another knee surgery is a gut punch to Chicago fans that have followed Derrick Rose since he was a kid....

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