It’s August, the dog-tired end of the NBA’s summer, with precious little going on, and two full months between now and the day that NBA players have to show up to take goofy photos on media day.
This is why we post videos like this. A highlight package featuring a very young Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, and Stephon Marbury absolutely going at it in a 107-102 Minnesota Timberwolves win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Take the time to take a look:
Absolutely fantastic to see Garnett, 15 years on, still being counted on as a franchise-level go-to player. So cool to see Marbury and Iverson, who duked it out for the Rookie of the Year award the year earlier (Marbury made the playoffs, but AI won the trophy), going at each other. Bill Curley’s in there. Sam Mitchell’s hustling his ass off. Candace Parker’s brother shows up. Dudes in short-sleeved polos cheer along. Terry Porter whiffs on a high-five. KG hugs the hell out of Marbury, who would force his way out of Minnesota via trade 11 months later. Kay-Gee makes the since-banned throat gesture and mouths “it’s over” two years before Vince Carter utilized the same motion at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. It’s a wonderful thing, this clip.