There has been some expectation that Kevin Garnett would help mentor Brook Lopez to take him from an All-Star who is sub-par defensively with a soft reputation to an elite center. It’s something that has yet to be seen. However, KG does have experience mentoring one Net already — Alan Anderson.
“It was more when I was younger,” Anderson said of being mentored by KG during Wednesday’s teleconference. “I was around him 7th, 8th grade; he had a camp (in Minnesota) when I was younger. I had won MVP, and part of the prize was that you get to meet Kevin Garnett and so on. You just think he’s going to say one thing to you. ”
KG went above and beyond just saying one thing to Anderson. Instead, he mentored him for years from 7th grade all the way through high school, college, and even into his early career. Anderson said they always stayed in touch and it sounds like he stops just short of giving KG credit for getting him to the NBA.
“For a kid from the inner city, to have Kevin Garnett talk to me was really huge and showed me what type of person I wanted to be,” Anderson said. “That a person of that status and level wanted to speak to me, it was like, ‘Wow.’ That speaks volumes. He was just a mentor to me: how he carried himself, how he played, all the intensity he brought every night, everything. I appreciated that. It made me want to have all that intensity that he brought as well.”
It just goes to show what kind of impact and influence these players wield. It’s also a good sign for the Nets who aren’t just getting a player with potential to mentor others, but somebody who has actually played an active role in the careers of others. KG can be a screaming lunatic, he can be on of the biggest a–holes in the sport, but when it comes to being a teammate and mentor he seems like somebody with a solid set of skills.