The Minnesota Timberwolves have been accused in recent seasons for tanking down the stretch to try to improve their draft position. But owner Glen Taylor strongly denies it, especially regarding what happened at the end of last season.
"It was more like, I'd say, K.G. tanked it," Taylor said today.
Kevin Garnett took himself out of the lineup late last season, Taylor said. Garnett missed the last five games with what was said to be a sore right quadriceps.
"I think the other guys still wanted to play, but it sure changed the team and didn't make us as (good)," Taylor said.
Andy Miller, Garnett's agent, vehemently denies that his client "tanked it."
"Every person is entitled to his or her own opinion," said Miller.
"While I believe this opinion is somewhat jaded and skewed, I think it speaks for itself. K.G. is a consummate professional, one of the most competitive and team-success driven players I've ever known and probably anyone in the NBA has ever known. His effort and care and consideration for the game of basketball and for his teammates, the organization and the individuals that play with him speaks for itself."