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"This Is Why They Stopped Letting Kids Go To The NBA Straight Out Of High School", NBA Fans Roasted Kevin Garnett For The Way He Pronounced 'Equivalent'

"This Is Why They Stopped Letting Kids Go To The NBA Straight Out Of High School", NBA Fans Roasted Kevin Garnett For The Way He Pronounced 'Equivalent'

Kevin Garnett is one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the game. He was an exceptional two-way player who won MVP in 2004 and Defensive Player of the year in 2008. Garnett played 18 seasons in the league, earning All-Star nods in 15 of them, and his 12 selections to the NBA All-Defensive teams are second only to the great Tim Duncan, one of his main rivals.

Garnett would spend the majority of his career with the Timberwolves and led them to the only Western Conference Finals appearance in their history in 2004. He was then traded to the Celtics, with whom he finally won a championship in 2008 to solidify his place among the all-time greats. 

NBA Fans Roast Kevin Garnett For The Way He Pronounced 'Equivalent'

Garnett retired from the NBA in 2016, and in October of that year, he headed off to TNT, like so many others before him, to become an analyst. He was given his own show called Area 21 the following month, and in one of the episodes, he had NFL great Larry Fitzgerald on as a guest. During a segment called Straight Talk Wireless, Garnett had to say the word 'equivalent', but he failed to pronounce it properly and got roasted by NBA fans for it.

"My man KG switched to Arabic for a sec😭💀"

"Bro made up his own word 😂😂😂"

"Ok here we go, kinda like name an NFL dthvhdjfjkgfdjdsswgjj each NBA player"

"KG has his own typa vocabulary 😎"

"Equivalent just crossed up KG had him slurring his words"

"love my boy KD but damnnn son"

"Seen this videos a thousand times 😂😂and still funny, kg to old to not be able to read"

"Lmfao why was he so confident"

"My boy tried to squeeze whatever word that was in there and keep it pushin”😂😂🤣🤣"

"Come on KG what's wrong wit ya"

"Man read along with his finger that’s how you know he can’t barely read"

"The irony of doing this next to Larry Fitz, who is so well spoken, is hilarious 😂😂😂"

"Man started glitching"

"Uh...come again kevin!?"

"kg saw the word had more than 8 letters and was shook on enunciation lol"

"Man put Koala and Elephant together. Some Koelephant type sh*t"

"He was so excited to read it too, HERE WE GO"

"I've been laughing at this for like 3 minutes 😂😂😂"

"That’s what I do when I can’t pronounce a word 😂"

"He was probably telling himself if he makes a sound that’s close enough to the real word, no one would know 😂"

It was funny to see him botch the pronunciation like that, but jokes aside, Garnett is one of the best success stories when it comes to players entering the NBA straight out of high school. He was, in fact, the first player to be drafted directly out of high school in two decades in 1995, and his success paved the way for the likes of Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady. 

We saw the NBA increase the draft eligibility age to 19 in 2005, though, which meant high schoolers could no longer directly make the jump to the league. That looks to be changing soon, however, as Shams Charania stated, the league is set to bring the eligibility age down to 18 years as early as 2024.