An Excerpt From “Infinite Possibilities: One Final Ride With Kevin Garnett”, due out in bookstores next week.
The double-decker luxury bus backs out from the bowels of Oracle Arena. Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and second year star Andrew Wiggins have both fallen asleep – an earth-shattering upset victory over the Golden State Warriors, much like the arena itself, is already in the rearview mirror.
But Kevin Garnett is wide awake. He hardly sleeps at all anymore. He’s far too busy Crushing.
“ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!” Garnett shrieks, shaking his iPhone 4 in the air. The declaration feels less a celebration, and more an attempt to convince himself he will one day conquer what’s eluded him for weeks: level 471 of the popular iOS game Candy Crush Saga.
Garnett’s screams clap against the windshield and ricochet back. Wiggins and Towns stir.
“KG, chill, man. It’s almost midnight,” Towns begs. But Garnett does not hear. As injuries and old age have stripped the legendary forward of his considerable basketball gifts, he’s focused his competitive fire on Crush.
“F**k you, chocolate machine,” Garnett whispers at his phone. “I’mma get you soon enough.”