“They are still my young guys. I always consider them my young Skywalkers, my young Jedi’s so to speak. They are in new places and may have new identities but have the same work ethic, new personnel, new responsibilities. I always preach to them this is growth. When you’re in a young environment and a new organization where they are expecting things out of a winner, you have to bring that and that’s the consistency and discipline of being a professional,” Garnett said. “You don’t get to pick and choose when you want to be. It’s a way of life. I like to always promote that, preach that to them. It’s important for them to understand that.” — Kevin Garnett regarding Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins
It’s good to see Kevin Garnett doesn’t take the same attitude towards Ray Allen with regards to his treatment and mentoring of Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis. The impact Kevin Garnett has made on the careers of both Perkins and Davis has been profound and noticeable.
Davis is no longer afraid to play a big role, and has assumed the go-to scorer role in Orlando now.
Perkins has continued to play elite defense, something KG preaches and enforces in his teammates.
Garnett realizes teammates come and go, but also realizes his job as a veteran in the league is to keep younger players on the right path. He’s doing just that.