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howlin' wolf
Leigh Montville
May 03, 1999
Why is this man hollering? It could be his jackpot contract or the exuberance of youth or his T-Wolves fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Or maybe Kevin Garnett is just having the time of his life
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May 03, 1999

Howlin' Wolf

Why is this man hollering? It could be his jackpot contract or the exuberance of youth or his T-Wolves fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Or maybe Kevin Garnett is just having the time of his life

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He has hired advisers to handle his money. He says he has "men watching the men who are watching the men who are watching the men and, like the line in the movie Casino, the eye in the sky watches everyone." He is the eye in the sky. He gets advice from Jimmy Jam. He gets advice from T-Wolves owner Taylor.

It is an adolescent's fantasy life. If Garnett had gone to college, he would be a senior now, heading toward graduation in June, at which the commencement speaker might advise the class on how to achieve success. The kid has figured it out for himself.

"You must have changed in these four years," a reporter says to Garnett one afternoon at the Target Center.

"Yeah," he replies, "I think I've changed, but the one thing I've always tried to be is myself. I think people respect a genuine person. I think I've become more of a leader. I think I've become more hungry about basketball, wanting to win. I think I've become more direct with people. I think we all change as we get responsibility, as we grow."

He looks at the empty arena. "Come back four years from now," he says. "It'll be interesting to see how I've changed by then."

He is 22 years old.

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