Kevin Garnett has many options to pursue for post-career act

For a guy who just announced his retirement after 21 seasons as one of the NBA’s hardest working, most intense, two-way players ever, people sure seem to be in a hurry to put Kevin Garnett to work again.

Less than a week since Garnett reached a buyout and ruled out returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2016-17 season, Cleveland coach and KG pal Tyronn Lue was nudging him to join the Cavaliers staff. Doc Rivers, their boss during their time together in Boston a few years back, beat Lue to the punch — informally at least — when Garnett dropped by the Clippers’ training camp at UC-Irvine Thursday and spent time after the workout talking with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the squad’s other big men.

Pitches to lure Garnett back into uniform probably have come already and certainly will continue, considering how long, lean and in-basketball-shape Garnett looks, thanks to a fitness routine ingrained as habit and aching knees that only bark silently.

“I thought he would’ve been the first player in NBA history to play in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s,” Lue told reporters in Cleveland Thursday. “He just turned 40 in May. I just thought that would’ve been great for him.”

A plan that would have brought the Wolves’ longtime franchise face into an ownership role lies fallow for now, rendered uncertain by former coach and team president Flip Saunders’ death last October. Team owner Glen Taylor, who declined to comment for this story, hooked up with a pair of new minority owners in July and, truth be told, Saunders’ vision for Garnett was as much about Flip broadening his base and nurturing his own slice of the franchise for another decade or more.

Certainly, given his career basketball earnings in excess of $340 million (according to basketball-reference.com’s math) and many millions more from endorsements and outside opportunities, Garnett has the means to invest in an NBA franchise or pursue just about any other entrepreneurial opportunity that suits him.

This much we do know: It will come down to Garnett’s desires, maybe some restlessness and whatever level of hands-on involvement he truly seeks. He won’t be puttering around the house in Malibu or Minnesota, marking time till he dons an extra-extra-long blue vest and welcomes shoppers to the big-box store.

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Garnett’s first 19 years prepped him for what would follow, on the court and more so off, turning basketball into an escape and a calling for him while stoking a fire that would burn hotter, longer, than all but a handful of NBA legends past or present.

His next 21 were played out in public, Garnett pursuing and excelling at precisely — by physiology, by temperament — what his creator had in mind for him. He ended his playing career last week and started the clock on his Hall of

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Cash goes against trend, leaves Tyler Glasnow in to throw career-high 112 pitches

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rays manager Kevin Cash defended his decision to stay with starter Tyler Glasnow in a crucial fifth inning in Tampa Bay’s 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Glasnow ended up throwing a career-high 112 pitches, giving up six runs on six walks. Four of those runs came in the fifth.

“Just trust that he had plenty of stuff to keep us right there,” Cash said after the game. “The walks are definitely not ideal but we didn’t do a good job of holding the runners on. We can’t allow the double-steal right there.”

With the Dodgers leading just 2-1 at the time, Cash opted to let Glasnow keep pitching after he walked both Mookie Betts and Corey Seager. Betts stole second, then both runners pulled off a double-steal, opening up the inning for Los Angeles. Glasnow was at 99 pitches after the two walks — his fifth and sixth of the night — but kept going.

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“I felt relatively good,” Glasnow said. “Any pitcher at the end part of the [outing], you want to be left in. That’s the competitive nature … I think the adrenaline takes over. When I go to 100 pitches I don’t feel the fatigue that much.”

It was a curious move mostly because it went against the trend Cash had set all year. The Rays bullpen ranked third in innings pitched during the regular season and ranked first in stranding inherited runners. In fact, their 19% of inherited runners scored percentage was 14 points below league average.

After the double-steal, Cash figured Glasnow was his best bet against Max Muncy with a man on third and less than two outs.

“I felt like we needed a strikeout and there might not be anyone better equipped to get a strikeout right there than Glass,” Cash said.

Muncy grounded to first, scoring Betts from third, which was followed by a run-scoring single from Will Smith that finally ended Glasnow’s night. Reliever Ryan Yarbrough took over for him.

“If I could go back and strike [Muncy] out it would be great but it didn’t happen that way,” Glasnow said. “I felt a little weird at the beginning. Just too many walks, not executing enough.”

Glasnow is the first pitcher in World Series history to allow six earned runs and walk six batters, becoming just the third hurler to do so in the postseason. His 4.1 innings of 112 pitches were the fewest innings pitched by any pitcher in an outing of 110-plus pitches in any postseason game since pitches were first tracked in 1988. It was also the most pitches thrown by a Tampa Bay hurler this season.

The Rays insist he was fine to remain in the game in the critical inning.

“I thought he was throwing the ball extremely well,” catcher Mike Zunino said of the fifth inning. “Couple free passes but he landed the breaker, threw some great change-ups. He

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