On January 8, Beijing time, Garnett talked about his views on former teammate Wiggins in an interview with ESPN recently. This season, Wiggins averaged 19.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Regarding Wiggins, Garnett said: “He is one of my favorite players to watch, but at the same time, he sometimes provokes me because he is clearly capable of reaching another level.”
“Wiggins’ problem has always been his continuity,” Garnett said. “It’s not whether he has the ability to be a superstar, but whether he can continue to be a superstar.”
Garnett said he wanted to see more from Wiggins, he wanted to ignite the flames in Wiggins’s heart, but he has not been successful.
“About Wiggins, what I have learned is that nothing will really be done before he says something will happen.” Garnett said.
In a game in 2015, Garnett once said, “Wiggins is the next person.” Six years later, when asked what this sentence meant, Garnett replied: “When I say When he is the’next man’, I want to say that he is the next wave of players who can become special and who can lead the league. For me, he is the next group of rising stars.”
“I still believe in him, if he wants, he can rise to the next level.” Garnett said, “I think he likes basketball, but I don’t think he loves basketball. Wiggins has many other things in life. His interest, there are other things that push him forward, and I must respect this.”
Hearing Garnett’s evaluation of himself, Wiggins smiled and said, “Garnett is my mentor. He has been pushing me up and down the court and always wants more.”
“But I can’t really tell people the order of the things I love.” Wiggins responded, “I love basketball, of course, but this is temporary. After all, I can only play basketball for so long.”Return to Sohu to see more
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