Just look at that picture. That’s one happy 57 year-old power forward, smiling joyfully in a big blue Chelsea jersey. Yup, a Chelsea jersey. Kevin Garnett. At a soccer stadium. In a soccer jersey.
This week, while preparing for what may be considered the lamest game of the year, the Brooklyn Nets (15-22) arrived in London, England for an abysmal match-up against the Atlanta Hawks (20-18). After a long flight from New York to London, Garnett decided to explore the British city while his teammates fell asleep in their hotel rooms. He was starting to realize how miserable the Brooklyn Nets season has been.
He started his exploration by making his way to a British pub to try some local beer. To his surprise, head coach Jason Kidd was already in the pub passed out at the bar with eight empty beer glasses by his head. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back or whatever. Garnett decided not to help out his alcoholic coach and instead called his agent to set him up with a meeting with Chelsea, the world famous soccer club in London. “I’m sick of basketball. I’m sick of Brooklyn. I’m sick of this shitty season. I want to be traded to a soccer club!!!” Garnett screamed at his agent. “Make it happen!” KG’s agent, Bill Puhduh, was astonished to get the phone call, but he knew that he had to make his client happy.
Puhduh immediately contacted Jose Mourinho, the high-powered, high-profile manager for Chelsea FC. “I know this sounds crazy, but my client would really like to play for Chelsea and it would be a stupid and crazy publicity stunt that can work for both of us.” Puhduh stated. “Let’s work something out.” Mourinho then contacted the manager of the Nets, Billy King, who was willing to do any trade because of his horrible managerial skills. The two spoke over the phone for nearly twenty minutes until a deal was struck. Forwards André Schürrle and Demba Ba of Chelsea will now be playing for the Brooklyn Nets franchise, while Kevin Garnett will now be a part of Chelsea.
It’s confusing and it’s weird, but it happened and now both teams will have to figure out how to fit these new players into their systems. Garnett made a statement about the trade. “I couldn’t be happier right now. I have no idea what the hell I’m doing, but I’m happy. I had to get away from Brooklyn and that mess. Now I can live my dream of being the first NBA player to play in the English Premier League. Fuck yeah!” The talented german André Schürrle also made a comment on the move to Brooklyn. “Das ist schrecklich” translating to “This is horrible.”
by Danny Dagorn