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Kevin Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 seasons in the NBA

No fire burned hotter, no mouth was fouler, no opponent was in for a longer night than Kevin Garnett's.

In more than two decades in the NBA, Garnett opened the door for a new wave of young talent to enter the league, was partly responsible for a rewriting of the collective bargaining agreement and nearly singlehandedly redefined what the game's tallest players were allowed to do on the court.

Fittingly, and maybe a little reluctantly, No. 21 is calling it a career after 21 years, leaving a legacy as one of the best defensive players in league history and one of the game's most influential and intense competitors.

Garnett posted a video on his Instagram account on...