Kevin Garnett as Popular as Ever in China
   2013-09-06 14:44:42      Web Editor: Liu Yuanhui

Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets is surrounded by lucky fans that were selected to attend a press conference promoting the upcoming NBA Global Games due to take place between the LA Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Beijing on October 15 at the Mastercard Arena, and Shanghai on October 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. [Photo: Wiggin]  

By Stuart Wiggin

Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets showed that he is as popular as ever in China despite his trade from the Boston Celtics to the Nets, when he attended a press conference on September 5, 2013, promoting the upcoming NBA Global Games due to take place between the LA Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Beijing on October 15 at the Mastercard Arena, and Shanghai on October 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Around seventy lucky fans were selected to attend the press conference and the atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation before he even entered the room. Alongside Garnett was NBA China's chief executive David Shoemaker and CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, Brett Yormark. Executives from NBA marketing partners Adidas, Gatorade, Harbin Beer, Head & Shoulders, Mengniu, SAP and Sprite were also in attendance.

CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, Brett Yormack sat alongside Garnett throughout the press conference and spoke about the success of the first year for the Brooklyn side and the expectations that exist for the future. "It was a great first year for the Nets in Brooklyn last year. As many of you know, it was a long journey to get there. Many thought we wouldn't; but we arrived."

And even though a positive note was struck in Brooklyn's first year, Yormack went on to note, "This off-season we decided that despite the success we had in the first year, we were happy but not satisfied. That led us to make a very bold move. Our two biggest goals right now are to win championships and to be a global team. And in order to do that we needed to bring players like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn." In a bold closing statement, Yormack stated, "Nothing but a championship is going to be accepted."

Kevin Garnett took to the microphone to tell those in attendance that "Chinese fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world," and that he appreciates the "crazy love" he gets wherever he travels to in China. When asked about his decision to leave the Celtics, Garnett explained that in the same way leaving Minnesota for Boston was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, so too was his choice to leave Boston for Brooklyn. He added that he spoke to Doc Rivers, former Celtics coach, and a number of other players that he was close to before making his decision including Danny Ainge, but ultimately stressed that he is excited about his opportunity with the Nets.

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