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“KG’s Area 21” releases exclusive videos via Twitter, talking President Obama and Chicago

Behind the scenes conversations between Kevin Garnett and Randy Moss were released exclusively on Twitter, Friday.

The two future Hall of Fame athletes, who played in Minnesota and Massachusetts simultaneously, reunited Thursday. Making a guest appearance on “KG’s Area 21” Thursday was NFL All-Pro Randy Moss. Friday the TNT segment released two behind the scenes exclusive videos where NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett and Moss talked about President Barack Obama. Raised in Chicago and forgoing college to enter the NBA Draft, Garnett opens up to Moss.

With the inauguration of the 45th president Friday, Garnett paid homage to President Barack Obama, who served consecutive terms the past eight years.

“People don’t want to really realize what he inherited coming from the Bush Administration,” Garnett said, “getting our country back into some type of structure or formality, [going] back to being profitable and making money. Making a great land and being a person of color coming in and pushing those boundaries and showing that it can be possible.”

Prior to President Obama Moss was not into politics.

“Never really paid attention to the president or the first lady up till President Obama became our president,” Moss said. “It was just more them to [being] able to show us that they are human, that we can actually meet them at a 7/11…he’ll stop at a Starbucks or anywhere just to mingle with the people. That’s something that will go far with me, knowing that he had a lot on his plate.

“He made some good strides in what he was trying to accomplish. Beautiful family, taught us a lot…now that he’s gone I know there are a lot of people that are going to miss him.”

Garnett talks entering NBA Draft

“You can go to the league right now” Garnett recalls Isiah Thomas telling him. After a two hour conversation he did everything he was told. He hired an agent and participated in two workouts. As a result, he received an invite to the 1995 NBA Draft.

“Something slid under my door. You been cordially invited to the draft…I’m hood, what is that? I go give it to my coach,” Garnett said. “That same Friday they put a pink slip on my door, ‘you will be evicted July 1.’ Come on, we’re going…I got my sister.”

Knowing where he was raised he knew joining the NBA couldn’t be any tougher. With North Carolina and Michigan his top options for playing college basketball, Garnett chose neither: Entering the draft he had forgone his choice to play college basketball.

“It can’t be no harder than Westside Chicago. I’m going through Beirut every day. It can’t be this hard, naw. Hell naw, what?” Garnett said.

The way his career panned out shows he made the right decision.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV, January 21, 2017.

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Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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