Kevin Garnett has just made it official – after 21 NBA seasons, the 6’11” power forward will be retiring from professional basketball just four days before the start of training camp.

Farewell video shows KG saying goodbye to professional basketball.

Garnett’s retirement announcement came in the form of a video, which he posted Friday on his Instagram account. It’s a quick black-and-white clip where he dramatically appears walking by himself through the Minnesota Timberwolves’ home court at Target Center, wearing a pair of sunglasses. In the video, Garnett thanked everyone who had supported him and loved him during his long NBA career.

And while he didn’t mention the word "retirement" directly, he added that he ‘didn’t expect this to be easy,’ right before the video ended with the word “Farewell” in the middle of the screen.

Garnett leaves incredible legacy as one of the top two-way players of his time.

Kevin Garnett was, once upon a time, the youngest player in the NBA, the first player to join the league straight out of high school in two decades. And while his 1995-96 rookie season saw him play like a 19-year-old kid a lot of times, there was no denying his freakish length and athleticism, and incredible potential on both ends of the court. But in the 2015-16 season, the kid had become a grizzled veteran of 39, listed as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ starting power forward, but contributing little on the stat sheet.

In between his first and last seasons, Garnett more than lived up to his status as the fifth pick in the 1995 NBA draft. From 1998 to 2007, he averaged at least 20 points per game for the Timberwolves. In four straight seasons spanning 2003 to 2007, he led the league in rebounds. He was league MVP for the 2003-04 season, posting averages that year of 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.6 steals and standing out as one of the NBA’s most versatile, if not versatile players of the time.

He also won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007-08, adding to what would turn out to be a total of 12 All-Defensive Team appearances.

KG’s legacy extended beyond on-court glory.

While Garnett had done it all as a power forward who can shoot, rebound, pass, dribble, and defend, he had also cemented his legacy outside the court in other ways.

As ESPN’s J.A. Adande pointed out, it was Garnett’s decision to leave the Timberwolvesdue to their inability to succeed in the playoffs, a factor that prompted him to sign with the Boston Celtics via a massive trade. Not long before that, the Celtics had acquired Ray Allen from the Seattle SuperSonics in a draft day trade. They both teamed up with Paul Pierce to form Boston’s second ‘Big Three,’ a spiritual successor to the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. And together, Garnett, Allen, and Pierce won a title for the Celtics.

According to Adande, Garnett’s move to the Celtics may have influenced LeBron James’ infamous “Decision” video where he announced he will be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining the Miami Heat, as well as Kevin Durant’s jumping ship from the Oklahoma City Thunder and signing with the uber-talented Golden State Warriors as a free agent.

But he also mentioned Garnett’s other important non-playing legacy in the NBA – the preps-to-pros revolution that eventually produced the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, and others, but ended in 2007 when the NBA amended its eligibility rules for the rookie draft.

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