Kevin Garnett: "Kids Don't Want to Be Like Nikola Jokic"
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Kevin Garnett: "Kids Don't Want to Be Like Nikola Jokic"

25 May 2024
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Kevin Garnett: "Kids Don't Want to Be Like Nikola Jokic"

Beyond Greatness

Being the face of the NBA has always required a blend of on-court excellence and an exciting, marketable persona. This has held true from the days of Earvin "Magic" Johnson to the era of LeBron James.

However, Nikola Jokic represents a different mold. Despite his undeniable on-court brilliance, the Serbian star's play style lacks the flashy flair that captivates young fans. Kevin Garnett highlighted this on Ticket The Truth, noting the NBA's struggle to make Jokic's personality resonate with American audiences.

"They're trying to Americanize Jokic and bring out his personality," Garnett observed. "But when it comes to who kids want to emulate — someone with swag and charisma like Ja Morant or Anthony Edwards — Jokic doesn't fit the bill. His game isn't polished for the masses; it isn't flashy, but it's incredibly effective."

Garnett raises an important point

With icons like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant nearing the twilight of their careers, the search for the next face of the league intensifies. While players like Jokic and Joel Embiid possess the talent, they lack the marketability and dynamic play style that traditionally define the role.

The NBA has a rich history of charismatic leaders such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James, who not only excelled on the court but also served as effective spokesmen for the league. Jokic, despite being widely regarded as the best player in the world, doesn't embody this dual role. His greatness on the court is unquestionable, but his low-key demeanor and unflashy game limit his appeal as the league's frontman.

Anthony Edwards: The Next Big Thing?

LeBron, Kobe Bryant, and Stephen Curry have carried the NBA for decades, and many believe Anthony Edwards is poised to inherit this mantle. Edwards has already drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan, a testament to his marketability. As the star of the Minnesota Timberwolves and a leading figure in the Adidas sneaker lineup, Edwards seems primed for superstardom.

However, to be universally recognized as the face of the NBA, Edwards needs to secure a championship. Until then, the title of the league's frontman remains open for the taking.

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