HOUSTON Kevin Garnett played just six minutes for the East in their 143-138 loss to the Western Conference All-Stars - and he could not have been any happier about it.
"Yup. Right where I wanted to be," grinned Garnett as he began to explain his lack of playing time on Sunday.
Prior to the game, Garnett said he had a conversation with Eastern Conference and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra about what his role would be in Sunday's game.
"I just told Erik, it's the young guy's game," Garnett said. "Give me a couple minutes and I was cool. He said alright."
In his six minutes, Garnett was scoreless but did manage to grab three rebounds along with tallying one assist.
Having spent most of the game on the bench, it was indeed an unusual place for Garnett to be for such a long stretch.
And while on the bench, Garnett was seen doing what might seem like the unthinkable - high-fiving Miami's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they came to the East bench during time-outs.
Garnett acknowledged how different something like that might be, but added, "We have the same jerseys on for the All-Star Game. When we have opposing jerseys on, then that's obvious. But right now, this is what this weekend is; come in, give your time and there's not too many times where you're going to be interacting like this. It's time to let your hair down and relax."
Garnett said he spent time getting to know a lot of the young All-Stars this week, guys like Indiana's Paul George and Chicago's Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.
"It was good; a good weekend," he said.
Especially for Garnett off the court as he got to spend more time than usual around his family and friends.
"To be honest, what was on my mind this weekend was getting proper rest, enjoying myself, trying to make sure everybody that was with me enjoyed themselves," Garnett said. "I accomplished that. My daughter has never been to a dunk contest or anything like that. Having my kid to see that, that was cool. That was cool for me. And then, just enjoying it; embracing everything that comes with All-Star Weekend."