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Garnett: 'We're missing out on greatness' by focusing on NBA's past

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Kevin Garnett thinks conversations surrounding the NBA are too focused on the league's past.

The Hall of Famer explained on Friday's episode of "The Stephen A. Smith Show" that by obsessing over the NBA of yesteryear, people are missing out on the feats of current players like LeBron James and Victor Wembanyama.

"The problem I think with today is that we're so hung up on the yesteryear of the culture and history that built the league that, bro, we're missing out on greatness right in front of us," Garnett said. "LeBron James is 38 motherf---ing years old doing something we ain't never seen. We got a whole 7-6 Frenchman in the goddamn league. He's a rookie looking like he's a two- or three-year player, looking like he's a guard. He nutmegged a guard. Listen, Wilt Chamberlain is rolling over in his grave right now if we told him a 6-10 power forward is playing center and jumps this high."

Garnett noted that he has no problem with comparisons being made between certain players but believes that some topics need to be left in the past.

"We gotta get over this. Michael Jordan, Magic (Johnson), they are the past. We gotta embrace this new ish," he said. "Bro, we ain't never seen Steph Curry. We ain't never seen nothing like Steph Curry. ... We keep talking about Jerry West - shoutout to Jerry West, was a super goon, did great things for the league - but yeah, we're in a new time, bro. Jerry West ain't never seen this type of range."

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