WATCH: NBA great Kevin Garnett calls it a day

He won the NBA Championship with Boston Celtics and achieved iconic status with Minnesota Timberwolves

BY Raf Diallo 15:39 Saturday 24 September 2016, 15:39 24 Sep 2016

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett (21) waves during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Minneapolis. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Garnett has informed the Timberwolves that he will retire after 21 seasons. The two sides came to agreement on a buyout on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, the person said. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

NBA star Kevin Garnett has called an end to his playing career.

The 40-year-old, who won the NBA championship once in 2008 with Boston Celtics, ends an elite basketball career that began in 1995 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He spent 12 years at Minnesota as their star player where the 6 foot 11 power led the franchise to the playoffs between 1997 and 2004, as well as to the Western Conference Finals. 

He then moved to Boston in 2007, where he spent six seasons, before a two-year spell at Brooklyn Nets and a final campaign at the Timberwolves in 2015-16.

Individually, he was named NBA MVP in 2004 and is a 15-time All-Star. 

Garnett announced his decision to retire in a video posted to Instagram:



To be continued...

A video posted by Kevin Garnett (@tic_pix) on

"I'm just thankful. I'm just thankful for everybody and the love. I never would have thought that people love me like this. But, for it to be reality is just something else, man," he says.

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