Tyronn Lue Says He Tried To Get Kevin Garnett Out Of Retirement For NBA Return
Back during the NBA regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had just made a huge signing when they added Andrew Bogut, who was a key piece of the Golden State Warriors‘ title run two years ago.
His tenure with the team lasted 58 seconds as Bogut suffered a fractured tibia in his first appearance on the floor for Cleveland, and was subsequently cut. That led to an awful stretch as the Cavs went 7-10 in March and lost the #1 seed to the Boston Celtics.
In an interview with ESPN, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Kevin Garnett was a name that popped up while searching for a replacement for Bogut. Lue says he couldn’t help but ask if the future hall of famer wanted to come out of retirement and play for the team.
“I was like, ‘Man, you should come back and play for me.’ He was like, ‘Man, you all have a lot going on over there. That was before we hit our stride like we’re playing well now. He was like, ‘If you and [James] Posey were still playing, I would come.’ But he said, ‘But y’all are coaching and y’all are going through what you’re going through.’ He said, ‘Ah, I’m going to sit this one out.’ I said, ‘OK. We’ll call you next year.’
The Cavs eventually found their stride as they swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs and jumped all over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the second round.