The Heart In Kevin Garnett by Jeffrey Epstein

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As a child, Jeffrey Epstein kept wishing to grow taller, he didn’t. Unfortunately, he endured from the so called “no hops” the white man disease. In one of the last competitive basketball games he played he gave up 6 inches and 80 pounds (Jeffrey is quite skinny) to the opposing teams center. After the center got demoralized by the defense, he said good by to the league. Jeffrey Epstein has heart, so feels he’s entitled to write about exhibitions of heart in sports.

I first noticed Kevin Garnett and the Fabulous Forum, then home of the Los Angeles Lakers. This was the time when KG is still young and is doing his part in a ten year contract that guarantees his huge paycheck in the league. He was stuck on the Minnesota Timberwolves, a dog of a team. In this point in time, he would have been excused for mailing in some games. He never did. The night I caught a peek of him, the Lakers were already dominating the game from the opening quarter. It was apparent who is winning the game even prior to half-time. KG played his ass off the whole night, practically every minute of the game. The man did have a heart.

The heart is something that cannot be described. If it’s included, one is capable of things they never dreamed of. It’s powerful stuff, but temperamental and fragile. Dennis Rodman comes to mind. I noticed him play for the Lakers, which was then trained by Kurt Rambis, in the first few games of the season. I had great seats and I witnessed something truly unique. From the opening tip, Dennis dominated the entire game and not once did he even take a shot. It was an amazing view. A few weeks later, I went to one more Laker game. It was a bad year, even at that early point for the Lakers and Dennis obviously was not impressed with Kurt’s coaching abilities. You could observe the heart just melt off. From there onwards, Dennis was a mere mortal.

Going back to Kevin Garnet. It is hard to comprehend why the MVP went to somebody else rather than to KG during his first year playing for Boston. He played with all his heart, played tough, played fair, and he put up an excellent defense for the Celtics. He transformed the tradition and the locker room of the franchise. That’s a one-in-a-decade person. The following year he suffers his first main injury of his profession and is left waiting for the next year. He looked horrible that next year. But my perception is that if it had been any other player, they would have taken the year off for more rehab. KG was obviously disappointed at his body for giving up on him. He did not like the idea that determination is not enough to make up for his physical restrictions. And here we are, the beginning of a new season and he has the hops and the range of movement and the speed and quickness that were absent all last year. Jeffrey Epstein thinks that it be worthwhile to watch him and observe how far he can get with his heart.

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